The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) decided yesterday to use open voting for nominees to appointments in the Supreme Court (SC) instead of the secret balloting in past nominations.
Secret balloting has been used since the JBC was set up as a constitutional office to accept, screen, and nominate appointments to the judiciary.
The JBC currently stands at a pivotal point in our history as it is tasked to evaluate and recommend the seven incoming Supreme Court justices next year. With Malacañang pushing persistently for Charter Change, the JBC will in effect dictate the path this nation will take in the next years should the constitutional assembly debate be raised to the level of the High Court. We thus commend this development, and we will continue with our Bantay Korte Suprema initiatives in the days to come.” [Read More]