August 6-19, 2012
How the JBC will probably vote.
The process by which the JBC selects the names to be includedin the short list is actually an internal matter amongits members. The practice is for each memberto cast their votes for a predetermined numberof nominees, depending on the number of such
A preview of how JBC members might vote can be seen in our data from the JBC deliberations forthe replacements of Justices Antonio Nachura andConchita Carpio Morales. For these two vacancies,there were a total of 30 nominees from whichthe JBC would choose six names (three for each vacancy). What the JBC did was for each memberto select ten nominees, and then tally the total. Thesix nominees who got the highest number of votes were included in the short list that was submittedto President Aquino. Court of Appeals JusticesBienvenido Reyes (6 votes) and Estela Perlas-Bernabe (5 votes) were eventually appointed.Note that among the current nominees for the vacant Chief Justice post, Solicitor General FrancisJardaleza (0 vote), human rights lawyer KatrinaLegarda (0 vote), UP Law Dean Raul Pangalangan(3 votes), Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento(1 vote), and UE Law Dean Amado Valdez (1 vote) were among those who got the lowest number of votes for those previous Supreme Court vacancies.In the past, whenever the post of Chief Justice was
most senior incumbent justices of the SupremeCourt. Although outsiders were considered for thelong list of nominees, the JBC had never includedan outsider in the short list. For the present vacancy, we have yet to see whether outsiders would be included in the short list considering that six of the nominees are incumbent high magistrates. Fornow, what is certain is that the six justices have thestrongest chance of being included in the short list,notwithstanding the President’s preference. After seeing the nationally televised publicinterviews of the nominees,
The CenSEI Report
12345678TOTAL1 Abdulwahid, Hakim S.//22 Bato, Ramon, Jr. M.//23 Bautista, Lovell R.//24 Bernabe, Estela P./////55 Bruselas, Apolinario, Jr. D./16 Cabili, Tomas O.07 Carandang, Rosmari D.////48 Castañeda, Juanito, Jr. C.//2
//210 Cruz, Stephen C.011 De Leon, Magdangal M.//////612 Dicdican , Isaias P.//213 Dimaampao, Japar B./////514 Fernando, Remedios S. ///315 Jardeleza, Francis H.016 Legarda, Ma. Carolina T.017 Padilla, Sabino IV B./118 Pangalanan, Raul C.///319 Quiroz, Alex L./120 Reyes, Andres, Jr. B.////421 Reyes, Biemvenido L.//////622 Reyes, Jose, Jr. C.///////723 Robles, Rodolfo D.///////724 Sanidad, Pablito, Sr. V.////425 Sarmiento, Rene V./126 Tijam, Noel G.////427 Valdez, Amado D./128 Veloso, Vicente S. E.//229 Vilches, Nimfa C./130 Villaruz, Francisco, Jr. H.//2TALLY SHEETTwo (2) positions of Associate JusticeSUPREME COURT(vice Hon. Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura and Hon. Conchita Carpio-Morales)June 21, 2011Ballot No.:1- Chief Justice Renato C. Corona2 - Secretary of Justice Leila M. De Lima3 - Senator Francis Joseph G. Escudero4 - Congressman Niel C. Tupas, Jr.5 - Justioce Regino C. Hermosisima, Jr.6 - Justive Aurora Santiago-Lagman7 - Atty. Jose V. Mejia8- Atty. Maria Milagros N. Ferman-CayosaThe result of the voting was as follows:Reyes, Jose, Jr. C.Robles, Rodolfo D.De Leon, Magdangal M.Reyes, Bienvenido L.Bernabe, Estela PeriasDimaampao, Japar B.
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