JBC comes up with shortlist for Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao post

January 29, 2014 11:59 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 29 — The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has come up with its shortlist for the position of Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao.

In the JBC voting, five names garnered the highest number of votes for the position vacated by Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao Humphrey Monteroso.

Assistant Ombudsman Rodolfo Elman notched the highest spot with five votes from the members of the JBC, together with Atty. Rowena Apao-Adlawan.

Three names are in the second spot with four votes each, namely Ombudsman Director Maria Iluminada Lapid-Viva, Romeo Alcantara and Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang.

The JBC has just opened the position of Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices (MOLEO) which will be declared vacant on Feb. 6, 2014.

This is because of the mandatory retirement of Deputy Ombudsman for the MOLEO Emilio Gonzalez III who will turn 70 years old on Feb. 6.

Under Republic Act No. 6700, the law creating the Office of the Ombudsman, in order to qualify for application as deputy ombudsman, one should "be natural-born citizen of the Philippines, at least forty (40) years old, of recognized probity and independence, members of the Philippine Bar, and must not have been candidate for any elective national or local office in the immediately preceding election whether regular or special." (PNA)

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