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Providing live coverage of the interviews of nominees to the post of the chief justice conducted by the members of the Judicial and Bar Council is seen as a good move, which the JBC and others are now spinning as its adherence to transparency, said to be the call of the times, although much of it is being committed in the breach.
While it may be a good move, it is still not quite as transparent as the JBC wants it to appear, since voting will still be done away from the prying eyes of the public.
Why the JBC is reluctant to share its individual votes with the public puzzles, since even the Supreme Court, from time immemorial, informs the public, through its decisions, which justice voted for, or against the petitions.
Congress also comes out openly with its members’ vote, so why should the JBC members be so secretive about who they vote for?.... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune