Lawyers' group wants Agra's inhibition from JBC deliberationon nominees for next Chief Justice

April 7, 2010 10:18 pm 

MANILA, April 7 – A lawyers' group sent a letter to the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday seeking for the inhibition of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra from the deliberation of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on the nominees for the next SC Chief Justice post.

In a letter to Chief Justice Reynato Puno by the Alternative Law Group (ALG), its spokesman, Atty. Marlon Manuel said that the participation of Agra in the deliberation will only compromise the independence and integrity of the JBC and the process of appointment itself.

The ALG said that Agra, who also serves as Solicitor General, is the lawyer of the government in cases that question the power of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to appoint the replacement of Puno, who is retiring on May 17, 2010.

Because of this, the group said that it is clear that as government counsel, there is a conflict of interest on the part of Agra.

Hence, the ALG said, Agra should either inhibit himself or be disqualified as a member of the JBC. (PNA)

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