Former energy chief, 6 others join race for SC

A former Cabinet member, a military lawyer, and a partner in a powerful law firm joined four others in the race for seats in the Supreme Court (SC) that will be vacated when Justices Alicia Austria-Martinez and Dante Tinga hang their robes on April 30 and May 11, respectively.

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) announced on Thursday the public interview of the seven new contenders.

Austria-Martinez will reach the retirement age of 70 on December 19, 2010, but she opted to leave the High Court early for health reasons.

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