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MANILA, Philippines – The number of nominees for the position of chief magistrate of the Supreme Court (SC) to replace ousted Chief Justice Renato C. Corona reached 47 as of Tuesday.
Of the total, those who have accepted their respective nomination are former San Juan City Rep. and erstwhile Executive Secretary Ronaldo B. Zamora, Ateneo De Manila University College of Law Dean Cesar Villanueva, retired Judge Manuel DJ. Siayngco Jr., University of the Philippines College of Law Dean Raul C. Pangalangan, Atty. Maria Carolina Katrina T. Legarda, Atty. Rafael A. Morales, Prof. Jose Manuel I. Diokno, Prof. Soledad M. Cagampang-De Castro, Commission on Elections Commissioner Rene V. Sarmiento, and SC Senior Associate Justices Arturo D. Brion and Roberto A. Abad.
Those who declined were Integrated Bar of the Philippines president Roan I. Libarios, Atty. Rodolfo D. Robles, Prosecutor Marianito S. Sasondoncillo, and former Department of National Defense Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro Jr.
Those disqualified were Jocelyn C. Esquivel because she is a nurse by professional training and retired Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Hilarion Aquino because he will turn 80 on Oct. 21, 2012.
Former Malabon City Regional Trial Court Branch 73 Judge Florentino V. Floro also applied for the position of Chief Justice.
Among the prominent nominees who have not yet accepted their respective nomination are SC Senior Associate Justices Antonio T. Carpio, Teresita J. Leonardo-De Castro, Diosdado M. Peralta and Presbitero J. Velasco Jr.
Others are Presidential Commission on Good Government Chairman Andres D. Bautista, Department of Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, CA Associate Justice Japar B. Dimaampao, Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares, and Solicitor General Francis H. Jardeleza.
The period of application and nomination for the position of Chief Justice is until July 2, 2012.