SC says there can't be two chief justices

May 3, 2010 7:17 pm 

MANILA, May 3 – Supreme Court (SC) Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez on Monday said that there cannot be two Chief Justices of the High Court at the same time.

This was the reaction of Marquez on the announcement of Malacanang that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will appoint the next Chief Justice before May 10 this year.

Marquez stressed that President Arroyo cannot make such an appointment in the highest court of the land until Chief Justice Reynato Puno retires on May 17.

Reports have it that President Arroyo will appoint the next Chief Justice before May 10, or exactly a week before the retirement of Chief Justice Puno.

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) also on Monday decided that they will submit their shortlist of nominees to President Arroyo for the post of SC Chief Justice on May 5.

The nominees are SC Associate Justices Renato Corona, Arturo Brion and Teresita Leonardo-De Castro and Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Edilberto Sandoval.

The JBC is an independent constitutional body that screens aspirants to the positions in the Judiciary and submits its shortlist of nominees of at least three to four names to the Office of the President (OP) whenever a vacancy occurs in the Judiciary.

In turn, the President has a period of 90 days within which to make the appointment to fill up such vacancy in the Judiciary. (PNA)

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