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Final number of Ombudsman applicants: 26

By NEWSBREAK

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) said that from 39, the list of applicants to the post of Ombudsman is now down to 26.

JBC members Jose Mejia and Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas told Newsbreak that 13 of those who were nominated did not confirm their nomination. Those who declined include Bureau of Internal Revenue commissioner Kim Henares, Landphil president Rodolfo Robles (Read: GMA friend declines Ombudsman nomination), human rights lawyer Harry Roque, former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, and lawyers Arno Sanidad, Pedro Aquino, Maria Theresa Acosta-Pinto, Wilbert Candelaria and Hubert Guevara.

Among the 26 contenders being considered for the position include Supreme Court Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales, former JBC member Artemio Tuquero, Overall Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro,

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former Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Pelagio Apostol, lawyers Howard Calleja and Francis Jardeleza, Justice Undersecretary Leah Armamento and former Justice Undersecretary Jose Calida, lawyers Marlon Manuel, Jose Diokno, Gerard Mosquera and Ernesto Francisco, and Court of Appeals Justice Portia Hormachuelos.

Tupas said that the tentative dates for the public interview are June 21-28. One of the nominees, lawyer Jardeleza, who is also applying for post of Supreme Court justice, has already been interviewed. (Read: Ex-SMC lawyer is first to be interviewed)

They are vying for the slot vacated by Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez who resigned last May 6. Reported frontrunner for Ombudsman is Carpio-Morales, who sworn in Benigno Aquino III as the country’s 15th president in June 2010. (Read: Lady justice has history of dissent) . The justice is retiring next month.

The JBC will vote on their shortlist on July 4. President Aquino has until August, or 90 days upon the vacancy of the seat, to name Gutierrez’s replacement.—Newsbreak

 

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  1. Anti-corruption specialist receives Harvard award
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    Filipino lawyer and anti-corruption specialist Gerard Mosquera received the 2010 Lucius N. Littauer Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in ceremonies held on May 25. The award is the highest recognition granted by the Harvard Kennedy School for exemplary academic achievement, public service and leadership.

    Mosquera graduated with a master’s in public administration degree and earned a place in the top five percent of Harvard Kennedy School’s Class of 2010, comprised of approximately 577 students, representing 80 countries. The Harvard Kennedy School is considered the leading institution for specialized training for leaders in the government service and in advancing the public interest, not only in the US but across the globe.

    Most of Mosquera’s professional life has been focused on anti-corruption work. He is currently the chief of party of USAID’s anti-corruption program in Timor-Leste, a position he has held since 2005. He also served as technical adviser for anti-corruption to the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor. In the Philippines, he briefly served as director in the Office of the Ombudsman.

    “I plan to continue to do work that will help fight corruption, promote transparency and accountability, and improve governance, either in government or as an active member of the civil society,” Mosquera said.

    He is a bar topnotcher, placing second in the 1992 bar examinations, holds a masters of law degree from Kings College London and graduated with honors from the Ateneo School of Law. A native of General Santos City, Mosquera once served as chapter president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines for General Santos City and the provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani.

    *Mosquera is now a Commissioner of the PCGG.

  2. Johnny Lin says:

    Could Newsbreak search how many times Mosquera travelled abroad on official PCGG business and if he availed of government cars, includibg the daily logs of the cars? For transparency sake!

  3. Yeah right, another lawyer. What can I say, the law is written that way. What we really need is the one that can get things done without corruption.

  4. Put someone who also practiced as a lawyer overseas- like UK AU CAN US, lawyers who had a feel of minimum corruption environment and also competent and go getter.

    Gee!

  5. This is a good question and a valid concern, in light of all the controversies that have hounded the PCGG in the past.

    I know Comm. Mosquera personally and knowing that he was NOT part of the Sabio Commission, I doubt that he’s traveled abroad beyond what is called for on account of his official duties.

    I don’t know what the rules are for the provision of government vehicles to public officials, but are they not entitled to it?

    For the sake of transparency AND fairness, if these questions are being asked about Comm. Mosquera, then maybe we should ask the same things about all the applicants? (Unless, for the sake of full disclosure, “Johnny Lin” is aware of any special reasons why Comm. Mosquera should be singled out.)

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