Currently, four SC associate justices
are vying for the high court's top post and they are Associate Justices
Diosdado Peralta, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Andres Reyes Jr.
Diosdado Peralta and Estela Perlas-Bernabe accepted theirnomations, which they automatically received for being among the five most senior justices at the SC.
Diosdado Peralta and Estela Perlas-Bernabe on Tuesday accepted their automatic nominations to the judiciary's top post, which would be vacated by Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin upon his retirement on October 18, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed.
Zalameda, a law graduate from Ateneo de Manila University, beat other SC aspirants in the shortlist including Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez and CA Associate Justices
Apolinario Bruselas Jr., Japar Dimaampao, Ramon Garcia and Jhosep Lopez.
Diosdado Peralta and Estela Perlas-Bernabe, both senior magistrates on the 15-member Supreme Court, accepted their automatic nominations to succeed Bersamin, while Associate Justice
Andres Reyes Jr., who has been serving on the tribunal for two years, accepted his outside nomination.
?"As always, I am committed to giving my support to whoever is constitutionally appointed as the next chief justice." Aside from Leonen, the four other magistrates automatically nominated for the position of chief justice are Senior Associate Justice
Antonio Carpio, Associate Justice
Diosdado Peralta, Associate Justices
Estella Perlas-Bernabe and Benjamin Caguioa.
Other applicants for Tijam's post are CA Associate Justices
Apolinario Bruselas Jr., Ramon Cruz, Stephen Cruz, Edgardo de los Santos, Japar Dimaampao, Ramon Garcia, Mario Lopez, Amy Lazaro-Javier, Eduardo Peralta Jr.
Justice Banks is being retired today based on constitutional mandate in Article 72 (b) of Liberia's 1986 Constitution requiring the retirement of the Chief Justice, Associate Justices
and judges of subordinate courts of record at the age of 70.
Other Supreme Court justices who are automatically nominated to the post of Chief Justice are Associate Justices
Diosdado Peralta, Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.
The Supreme Court (SC) has increased the budget for the retirement program of the presiding justice and associate justices
of the Court of Appeals (CA) to P1.5 million and P1.2 million, respectively.
The other six are Associate Justices
Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo, Jose Reyes Jr.
Apart from the court officials and employees, also present during the flag-raising ceremony were Associate Justices
Mariano del Castillo, Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo, Jose Reyes Jr.