SC JUSTICE HOPEFULS | JBC interviews magistrates for SC Associate Justice post

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JUNE 14, 2018 – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interviewed on Thursday six of 12 candidates vying for the position of Supreme Court Associate Justice. The chosen candidate will replace Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr. who is set to retire in August 2018.

The six candidates interviewed by the JBC were CA Associate Justices Oscar Badelles, Manuel Barrios, Ramon Garcia, Amy Lazaro Javier Davao, Judge Carlos Espero II and former Ateneo Law School dean Cesar Villanueva.

The six candidates interviewed today constitute the second batch of 12 applicants screened for the position.

The candidates were asked about their stance on various issues, such as LGBT rights, the West Philippine Sea and judicial independence.

“I cannot see an active role on the part of the Judiciary considering that traditionally the Judiciary just awaits for the cases to be filed before it. Basically the pursuit of our goals in the West Philippine Sea should be done by the Executive Branch and the Judiciary does not have an active role in that, your honor,” CA Assoc. Justice Oscar Badelles said in response to the panel’s question on how the Philippines can be an active contributor in enforcing the country’s rights and claim over the Scarborough Shoal.

Some of the questions also touched on the candidates’ Statements of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth or SALNs.