JBC to screen 12 applicants for Deputy Ombudsman post

March 24, 2012 1:42 am 

MANILA, March 23 – Twelve applicants for the position of Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon will be screened by the Judicial and Bar Council, chaired by Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

It has set the public interview with the applicants on March 28, after the position was vacated by Francis Jardeleza who has become Solicitor General.

Under the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the position of Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon has a term of seven years being covered by an independent constitutional body.

Former Commission on Elections Law Director and now Planning head Atty. Ferdinand Rafanan will be included in the public interview.

Rafanan, a known fiscalizer in the Comelec because of his anti-graft campaign, is eyeing the position of Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon.

Other applicants who will be included in the March 28, 2012 interview are Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) officials Marifi Chua, Arthur Melchor Carandang, Marivic Balisi-Umali, Geraldine Faith Econg and Victorio Mario Dimagiba.

There are other applicants who will no longer undergo a public interview since they were already interviewed by the JBC before.

Presidential Commission on Good Government Commissioner Gerard Mosquera and Graft Investigator Roque Damian Dator will vie again for the position.

Both Mosquera and Dator notched a perfect eight votes from the JBC when they competed before for the position of Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon, which eventually was notched by Jardeleza who garnered seven votes.

The other applicants are Ombudsman officials Diosdado Calonge, Jose De Jesus, Rudiger Falcis II and Raul Marifosque.

The JBC is composed of eight members, including Corona, as chairman; along with members Justice Secretary Leila De Lima; Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero; House Justice Committee Chairman Iloilo City (5th District) Rep. Niel Tupas, Jr.; Atty. Milagros Fernan-Cayosa from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines; Atty. Jose Mejia from the academe; retired SC Associate Justice Regino Hermosisima and, representing the private sector, retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice Aurora Lagman. (PNA)



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