Manila, Philippines –The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has submitted to President Aquino the names of 22 nominees to three vacant posts in the Court of Appeals (CA).
Three of the nominees, once appointed by the President, would replace retired CA Associate Justices Rosalinda Asuncion Vicente, Angelita A. Gacutan, and Pampilo A. Abarintos.
Nominated to the vacant post of Vicente were Maria Filomena Dumandan Singh, Celso Opalo Baguio, Philip Acosta Aguinaldo, Perpetua Atal-Pano, Emmanuel Quisumbing Fernando, and Wildreda Tolentino Nieves.
Martin Tirador Menez, Geraldine Catingub, Fiel Macaraig, Pablito Alhambra Perez, Jeoffre Willkom Acebido, Cresencio Fortunato Ramos Balasbas, Maria Celestino C. Cruz Mangrobang, Maria Conchita Lucero de Mesa, and Gabriel Tadena Robeniol were nominated to replace Gacutan.
The nominees to replace Abarintos are Selma Palacio Alaras, Rafael Antonio Magat Santos, Maria Amifaith Sarmiento Fider Reyes, Jonel Sebastian Soto Mercado, Ruben Reynaldo de Guzman Roxas, Divinagracia G. Bustos Ongkeko, Geraldine Faith Abracia Econg, and Alex Luna Monteclar.
The letter containing the names of the nominees were sent to the President through Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr.
It was signed by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno as ex-officio chairperson of the JBC;Justice Secretary Leila M. de Lima and Sen. Koko Pimentel as JBC ex-officio members;and Aurora Santiago Lagman, Jose Mejia, and Maria Milagros Fernan Cayosa as JBC members.
But the letter did not state whether or not the 22 nominees are trial court judges, prosecutors, government lawyers, private law practitioners, or members of the academe.
“The JBC, pursuant to its constitutional duty and within the period provided, submitted to the Office of the President through Executive Secretary its shortlist for the three vacancies in the Court of Appeals,” the letter stated.
Under the Constitution, the President has 90 days within which to fill up vacancies in the Judiciary.
The JBC is the constitutionally mandated office that accepts, screens, and nominates appointees in the Judiciary and the Ombudsman. (Rey G. Panaligan)