Out of the 20 aspirants vying for the chief justice position, 10 have been picked by members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) as those who should ideally be included in the shortlist.
This includes five Supreme Court justices.
After the interviews last week, the Judicial and Bar Council is set to vote on Thursday for at least three nominees to be included in the shortlist from which the President will appoint the 24th chief justice of the country.
In a mock balloting held last Saturday, the IBP board of governors and national officers voted Associate Justices Roberto Abad, Ma. Lourdes Sereno, Arturo Brion and Teresita Leonardo de Castro as ideal contenders for the chief justice post.
They likewise voted in favor of acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio.
Others who made it to the IBP list were former University of the Philippines law dean Raul Pangalanan, Presidential Commission on Good Government chairman Andres Bautista, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, Securities and Exchange Commission chair Teresita Herbosa and former executive secretary Ronaldo Zamora.
“These votes reflect only the individual preferences of the members of the Board and the national officers and should in no way be construed or interpreted as IBP's official vote in the Judicial and Bar Council deliberations,” the IBP said.
Currently, the IBP representative who will be voting in the JBC deliberations is Atty. Ma. Milagros Fernan-Cayosa.
Meanwhile, in a separate poll of IBP members, it was revealed that most of them favor the next chief magistrate to be a Supreme Court insider rather than an outsider.
“The members stated that they preferred an insider as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as opposed to an outsider, that is 90 percent in favor of insiders as opposed to a mere 10 percent in favor of outsiders,” the IBP said. –KG, GMA News