Enrile to JBC: Choose next CJ with intensive law experience, not just popular

SENATE President Juan Ponce Enrile advised the Judicial and Bar Council to choose the next chief justice on the merit of experience in practising law, not just lawyers who handled collection cases, and popular.

“JBC should check the backgrounds of the nominees if they are just office lawyers or academicians or has intensive experience in court. What are their experiences, what cases they handled, they are maybe popular but they just handled corporation law, only collection cases, mahirap un,” Enrile said.

Enrile, who mastered taxation and corporate reorganization at Harvard University, said if JBC really wanted to test the knowledge and experience of a particular nominee, the council should give these nominees a second bar examination.

“If they want to know how knowledgeable those nominees are, they should be given another bar examinations,” Enrile said.

He also said that there is nothing wrong with live interview to nominees by members of JBC which will only shows how credible and knowledgeable a nominee is.

“Sa akin ok lang yun pero makikita natin yung galing ng mga nagtatanong, yung mga nasa JBC. Makikita rin natin yung galing ng mga sasagot. Ano ang kabuluhan nun? Eh tanong lang yun eh. Maaari naman magaling magsalita, mag-english…baka naman hallow block ang ulo. Mahirap yun eh,” he said.

In his 12 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, Enrile said he handles not only tax and corporate cases but also vast range of cases including murders, homicide and libel cases.

“I have 12 years experience of practice. Sa aking sitwasyon, everyday nasa husgado ako. Maliban sa aking office work dahil ako ang tax lawyer, corporation lawyer, pero ako ang nagpupunta sa trial sa aming opisinA,” he said.

“Ang daming ano namin nun, sari saring kaso – civil case, criminal cases, iba iba klaseng criminal cases karamihan murder cases, homicide cases, libel cases at saka…marami eh. Kaya nasanay ako dyan,” he added.


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