DOJ head receives SC nomination again

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The President appointed Atty. Menardo Guevarra as Department of Justice Secretary. Photo Courtesy: Philstar.com.

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Justice (DOJ) Chief Menardo Guevarra received a nomination from the Supreme Court again.

The said nomination is for the position Associate Justice. This happened a year after Guevarra rejected prior nomination. That time, he said that he was “still in love” with DOJ work.

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Currently, the Judicial and Bar Council is accepting nominations and applications for the next Associate Justice.This is in line with the vacation of Associate Justice Jose Reyes’ seat.

Justice Jose Reyes Jr. will leave his Supreme Court seat by July 18.

Sometime in 2019, Guevarra faced a similar dilemma when Justice Raoul Victorino nominated him for the position. Victorino is a retired justice of the Sandiganbayan. The said court tries graft and corruption cases.

This year, Victorino cited the said incident in his recent recommendation. He said that this was a testament of Guevarra’s loyalty. He said that the DOJ chief has always had tremendous passion for public service and justice.

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In his recommendation, Victorino said, “I believe that he possesses the necessary credentials, professional experience and the motivation to discharge the duties as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.”

“I am of the firm belief that the righteous tenets and ends of justice will be better served if we are to have a man of Justice,” he added. Victorino added that the said man is in the person of Menardo Guevarra.

Albeit, Guevarra has until July 7 to submit his JBC requirements. Before the bar council considers him an applicant, he has to signify the nomination first.

Up to date, the DOJ has yet to release a statement on the matter.

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