MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Five individuals are vying to become the new Supreme Court Chief Justice.
The High Court's Public Information Office on Thursday, July 26, tweeted that the applicants include 4 SC Associate Justices and one Regional Trial Court judge. The period for nominations and applications ended today.
One from this list will fill in the position vacated by ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Below is the list and background of each applicant ranked according to seniority or based on their appointment to the High Court.
SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TERESITA LEONARDO DE CASTRO
SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE DIOSDADO PERALTA
SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE LUCAS BERSAMIN
SUPREME COURT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ANDRES REYES JR
JUDGE VIRGINIA TEJANO-ANG
Presiding judge of Davao del Norte Regional Trial Court Branch 1
In 2014, she issued a warrant of arrest against the suspect in the killing of radio broadcaster Rogelio "Tata" Butalid
Retirement date unknown
– with reports from Lian Buan/Rappler.com
Editor's Note: In an earlier version of this story, we reported that SC Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro was appointed Court of Appeals associate justice in 1997. She rejoined the Judiciary as Sandiganbayan associate justice that year. We regret the error and have made the necessary correction.