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SC: Gloria can appoint next CJ By Benjamin B. Pulta 03/18/2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

JBC ordered to submit list of high court nominees

SC: Gloria can appoint next CJ


By Benjamin B. Pulta
03/18/2010

It’s official. The incumbent President is legally and constitutionally empowered to appoint the next Chief Justice (CJ) of the Supreme Court (SC).

A ruling by the high court, handed down yesterday, said President Arroyo can name the next top magistrate after Chief Justice Reynato Puno steps down on May 17.

Voting 9-1-2-3, the SC, in a decision penned by Justice Lucas Bersamin, said the appointment of the entire judiciary, including the position of Chief Justice, is not included in the appointments ban as mandated by the 1987 Constitution.

The decision was reached before noon yesterday during the high court’s special full court session. The high court also directed the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to submit to Arroyo a shortlist of candidates from where she will choose the next chief magistrate on or before March 17.... MORE


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