Day 2 of the JBC public interviews to start at 9 am.
Day 2 interviewees are SC Justice Roberto Abad; Professor Rafael Morales; former UP Law Dean Raul Pangalangan; SC Justice Arturo Brion; Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento; and retired judge Manuel Siayngco.
#SCwatch JBC morning interviews: SC Justice Abad; Prof Rafael Morales; fmr dean Raul Pangalangan
#SCwatch JBC afternoon interviews: SC Justice Brion; Comelec Comm Rene Sarmiento; retired judge Manuel Siayngco
#SCwatch JBC public interviews, Day 2, now starting. Also follow @purpleromeropo for updates.
#SCwatch Abad answering Q from JBC's Cayosa about delays and congestion in the judiciary system
#SCwatch Cayosa: You came from private sector, academe before SC. Day before you joined SC, you appeared before court, you had a bad experience at a court. How did it affect your view of the judiciary system?
Abad: Story was not entirely true, but I did have a run-in with a judge.
Abad then recounts his encounter with the said
judge (whom he said was "an honest judge").
#SCwatch Abad on insider as CJ: If a candidate has what it takes to be a CJ, doesn't matter if insider or outsider
#SCwatch Abad: Appointing outsider also has its risks; I have bias though for an insider CJ
#SCwatch Abad says if appointed he can do "a lot" in two years
#SCwatch Abad on inhibiting from cases: Well, if I have a bias [to one side]... I have to inhibit myself
#SCwatch Cayosa: Any specific experience in making a decision that could be unpopular w/ appointing power?
#SCwatch Abad: I was appointed by PGMA; I voted for the
Truth Commission (w/c was to investigate PGMA)
#SCwatch Now asking Q is JBC's
#SCwatch Abad: We have a wounded court after the impeachment
Abad: If I become CJ, the first thing I will do is forgive. I hope the President forgives us also. And we will forgive the legislature.
#SCwatch Mejia asks Abad: What principles should govern separation of Church and State?
Abad chairs subcommittee on revision of rules of civil procedure. That's where "one-time face-to-face hearing"was developed
#SCwatch Abad on jury system: Ang jury system magastos iyon; Rest of world not anymore using it (except US)
#SCwatch Abad: Abandon adversarial system, which pits both sides; evidence presented is what lawyer wants, not what judge wants
#SCwatch Abad: PH rules based on US rules, w/c uses jury system; Wala tayong jury, ang ridiculous ng nangyayari
#SCwatch Abad explaining the problems of PH system using US-based rules
#SCwatch Abad: Judges have no control over proceedings; Lawyers control it, that's why it takes so long
#SCwatch Abad: I advocate a combined adversarial and inquisitorial system; Judge will be able to ask, probe
#SCwatch Abad: Corona trial did not infringe on separation of powers; What I did not agree with was the filing, prep of complaint
#SCwatch Abad: The way impeachment complaint was done was not proper, "indecent"
#SCwatch Abad: We're working with Legal Education Board to improve legal educ in PH
#SCwatch Abad: We have to raise the standards of admission for lawyers; Limit to 4 main subjects, free up units for specialization
#SCwatch Abad: Limit bar exams to 4 major subjects only; Other countries' bar exams only cover basics
#SCwatch Abad asked by JBC's Lagman on how he will regulate law schools if appointed CJ
#SCwatch JBC's Lagman asks Abad questions about regulating law schools, law curriculum, MCQ system for Bar
#SCwatch Abad: Multiple-Choice Questions a "time tested measure"; Essay part of exam, however, will show ability, intelligence
#SCwatch Abad: I hardly reverse myself, but I did once; He then explains Manotoc case
#SCwatch Abad explains his view on bar exams, apprenticeships for lawyers, after JBC's Hermosisima asks him
#SCwatch Abad asked about amendments in Constitution; Cites foreign ownership of corporations (economic aspects) as one part that could be changed
#SCwatch Now asking Qs is Rep Tupas.
#SCwatch Abad: Impeachment trial woke judiciary, determined their stand, character
#SCwatch Abad: Abad: 'Pag tigaloob (insider) there's renewal within. 'Pag sa labas, parang you don't trust those within.
#SCwatch Abad denies that there are "factions" in the SC, points to their voting record