By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star)
MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte has promoted the presiding justice of the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court (SC).
Andres Reyes Jr. will replace SC Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, who retired from the judiciary on July 6, the SC public information office announced yesterday.
The 67-year-old Reyes, a graduate of Ateneo law school and a member of the Utopia fraternity like Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has been with the judiciary for 30 years.
He is the 177th associate justice of the high tribunal and has three years to serve before his retirement.
Reyes’ father Andres Sr. had served as CA presiding justice, while his grandfather Alex was SC justice.
He was picked from a shortlist of seven nominees submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council last month.
Reyes topped the list after earning the unanimous votes of all seven members of the council.
He is the third appointee of Duterte in the high court.
Earlier, the President promoted Samuel Martires and Noel Tijam of the Sandiganbayan and CA, respectively, to the high tribunal.
Duterte is set to appoint another SC justice for the post to be vacated by Associate Justice Jose Mendoza, who will retire in August.
The JBC, the seven-man council tasked to screen nominees for vacant posts in the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman, is chaired by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
The JBC’s two ex-officio members are Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for the executive and Sen. Richard Gordon for the legislative.
The regular members of JBC are former SC Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez for retired magistrates, Jose Mejia for academe, Milagros Fernan-Cayosa for the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and retired judge Toribio Ilao for the private sector.
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