Published: Wednesday 16 May, 2018

Ombudsman Applicants List Bared | SC Juctice Teresita de Castro Declines

The final list of applicants for Ombudsman has been leaked. The nomination and application period for the Ombudsman post ended on Tuesday with Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro declining her nomination. De Castro was nominated by former SC Associate Justice Arturo Brion.

Among the applicants for Ombudsman are Silvestre Bello, the current secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Bello was also a former Department of Justice secretary under President Cory Aquino and Fidel Ramos. He was also Solicitor General under President Ramos and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

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With such an impressive track record, many observers are now saying that, if Bello passes the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) scrutiny, he could be the next Ombudsman. But some are worried that he won’t be an impartial Ombudsman having served in the Cabinet of Duterte.

The JBC will prepare the final list of nominees from among the following to be recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Applicants / Nominees for Ombudsman

Ombudsman nominees

The list of Ombudsman nominees and applicants. (CNN PH)

De Castro Declines Ombudsman Nomination

Meanwhile, Associate Justice Teresita de Castro turned down her nomination for Ombudsman saying she wishes to continue serving the Supreme Court until her retirement. De Castro is set to retire in October.

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“Although I am deeply moved by, and sincerely thankful for, Justice Brion’s kind endorsement, I regret that I must decline his recommendation as I wish to continue serving the Supreme Court until I reach the compulsory retirement age,” said De Castro in her letter.

De Castro declines Ombudsman

The letter of Associate Judge Teresita de Castro declining her nomination for Ombudsman. (Twitter/The Philippines Star)

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is due to retire as Ombudsman in July.