The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has submitted to President Duterte its seven nominees to the post of Supreme Court (SC) associate justice that would be vacated on September 18 with the compulsory retirement of Associate Justice Jose C. Reyes Jr.

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Nominated were Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez and Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justices Ricardo De Rivera Rosario, Ramon A. Cruz, Japar B. Dimaampao, Jhosep Y. Lopez, Eduardo B. Peralta Jr., and Maria Filomena D. Singh.

The nominations were contained in a letter sent to the President by Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta as JBC’s ex-officio chairperson.

Under the Constitution, the President has 90 days from September 18 to appoint Reyes’ replacement from the list submitted by the JBC.

Judiciary members mandatorily retire at age 70.

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