Sereno-led JBC: No more live broadcast of interviews

Posted at 10/17/2012 8:34 PM | Updated as of 10/18/2012 8:24 AM

MANILA - The Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno-led Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will no longer allow the live broadcast of the interviews of candidates for a position in the Supreme Court.

The supposed move for transparency’s sake was scrapped after just one attempt at imposing it.

In June, all the members of the JBC moved to approve the requests of groups such as the Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN) to allow the live broadcast of the applicants for chief justice.

This was an indirect result of the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

President Aquino then appointed Sereno in August.

As chief justice, Sereno is also the chairman of the body that vets names for the judiciary.

"It [no live broadcast] was agreed upon by the JBC members in their meeting last October 1," JBC executive officer Anne Capacite told reporters.

She said, however, that the media are still allowed to cover the interviews set for October 23 to 25.

The JBC is looking for a new associate justice to fill in the slot of Sereno.

The interviews have long been open to the media. but it was only in June that it was broadcast live on television, also supposedly to allow the public to watch the developments. It was the first, and probably the last, in the 25-year history of the JBC.