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JBC shortlists 7 candidates for SC associate justice post: Guevarra

MANILA – The Judicial and Bar Council has shortlisted 7 nominees for the next Supreme Court associate justice post, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Friday.

Court of Appeals justices Manuel Barrios, Japar Dimaampao, Ramon Garcia, Edgardo Delos Santos, Apolinario Bruselas Jr., and Amy Lazaro-Javier each obtained 6 votes while fellow CA Justice Rosmari Carandang got 5, Guevarra told ABS-CBN News.

The sitting Supreme Court justices, in an internal poll on Wednesday, also voted for all 7 justices.

The list of nominees will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte, who will decide who among the justices will fill in the post vacated by retired Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro when she assumed the top magistrate post.