By Jeffrey Damicog
The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is set to interview seven trial court judges who will vie for a seat at the Court of Appeals.
The JBC is set to conduct the interview this Wednesday at the Division Hearing Room of the Supreme Court (SC).
Those who will be interviewed are magistrates Alexander Nicandro Acosta, Jimmy Edmund Batara, Marie Grace Javier-Ibay, Rowena de Juan-Quinagoran, Evelyn Gamotin-Nery, Romeo Tagra, and Ferdinand Tan.
Apart from them, there are 23 other applicants also seeking a spot at the CA but no longer had to undergo interview after their previous interviews for past vacancies remain valid.
They are Dinnah Aguila-Topacio, Selma Alaras, Emily Alino-Geluz, Evalyn Arellano-Morales, Danilo Cruz, Ma. Celestina Cruz-Mangrobang, Gregorio Dela Pena III, Georgina Hidalgo, Liwliwa Hidalgo-Bucu, Perpetuo Lucero Jr., Virgilio Macaraig, Cynthia Marino-Ricablanca, Rosalyn Mislos-Loja, Dorothy Montejo-Gonzaga, Ronald Moreno, Mia Joy Oallares-Cawed, Walter Ong, Acerey Pacheco, Silvino Pampilo Jr., Richard Paradeza, Vilma Pauig, Angelene Mary Quimpo-Sale, and Merianthe Pacita Zuraek.
One of them will be picked by President Rodrigo Duterte to fill the spot which will be left vacant by CA Justice Leoncia Dimagiba who will compulsorily retire this December 1.
Dimagiba, who graduated law from the Ateneo de Manila University, had been CA justice since 2009 and, prior that, had been Manila assistant city prosecutor and Paranaque city trial court judge.