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Senate, House pull out members from JBC

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Senate, House pull out members from JBC


The two Houses of Congress and the Supreme Court are now what could be described as in a stalemate situation over the matter of the Legislature’s representation in the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), with their leaders yesterday deciding to inhibit participation in the proceedings until they have resolved their next legal move.

The decision of the two leaders of Congress to pull out their representatives occurred after the week-long public interviews by the  JBC concluded yesterday, after screening 20 aspirants for chief justice.

The two representatives of Congress to the JBC affected are Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. and Sen. Francis Escudero who opted not to participate.

JBC member Jose Mejia said they would continue with their voting for the chief justice shortlist next week even without the representative of Congress to meet the constitutional 90-day deadline for the President to appoint a replacement for ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona.

“It is not a big loss, if you will look at the numbers, even if we lose one member, we still have a quorum,” Mejia said, referring to the lawmakers’ absence..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/headlines/item/2129-senate-house-pull-out-members-from-jbc

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