THE Judicial and Bar Council yesterday bared a shortlist of three candidates for the chief justice post which will become vacant after Lucas Bersamin retires on October 17.
Those who made it to the shortlist were Justices Diosdado Peralta (7 votes), Andres Reyes Jr.(4 votes), and Estela Perlas-Bernabe (7 votes).
The shortlist has been transmitted to President Duterte.
Under the 1987 Constitution, President Duterte has 90 days from October 17 within which to appoint Bersamin’s replacement.
The JBC is the constitutionally-mandated body to screen and vet nominees to key positions in the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman.
In his recent speech, Bersamin said that he would like the public to remember him as the “healing chief justice.”
“I wish to be remembered and known as the healing chief justice who brought stability and normalcy back to the judiciary and particularly to the SC,” Bersamin said.
“Yes, the judiciary needed healing and it became my response as chief justice to initiate and ensure such healing,” he said.