Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:06
Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa Jr. declined his nomination for the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
In his letter to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) dated June 22, 2012, Ochoa formally declined the nomination.
“The undersigned has received information that I have been nominated for the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Philippines,” the letter read.
“I respectfully decline the nomination,” it added.
Reports revealed that a certain Egay Bigay was responsible for Ochoa’s nomination.
It will be recalled that the JBC has extended the submission of nominations for the Chief Magistrate post up to July 2 to give more chance to the public to nominate their bets.
The deadline was supposed to end last June 18.
The JBC will be releasing the list of applicants and nominees for the post on July 7. It is expected to submit a shortlist to President Benigno S. Aquino III by the end of July.
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