Day One of the JBC public interviews for the aspirants for the Chief Justice post. Our Purple Romero is at the hearings.
JBC members present are Justice Diosdado Peralta, ex-CA Justice Aurora Lagman, Jose Mejia, Usec Frederick Musngi, IBP officer Milagros Fernan-Cayosa, retired SC Justice Regino Hermosisima. Rep Niel Tupas arrived late.
First candidate interviewed was Andres Bautista, chair of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG). In his opening statement, he talked about the SC's low ratings and its challenges: corruption, congestion, and delay.
"The gods of Padre Faura are more human and less divine," he said.
He was then grilled by Cayosa, Mejia, Lagman, mostly asking him about how he will solve the court's problems; corruption in the courts; even his take on appointing an outsider to the CJ post.
He was also asked about the fact that if he is appointed, he will serve for 22 years (he is just 48 years old, will serve until 70 if ever). He said there should be a judicial term limit of 7 years.
He also responded to questions about the opposition to his nomination filed by the Philcomsat, due to his alleged refusal to abide by Sandiganbayan motions.
Bautista's interview over. Up next is Atty Soledad Cagampang-De Castro.
Up next: DOJ Sec Leila de Lima. #SCwatch
#SCwatch First to ask questions will be Rep Tupas.