MANILA, Philippines - Dean Amado Valdez of the University of the East College of Law said Monday he expects a tough challenge ahead for all nominees for the Chief Justice position.
Valdez said he accepted his nomination for the Chief Justice post after "soul-searching, consultations and reflections."
"Maganda ho siguro makisali kami sa discussions on how to improve the judiciary although siyempre mabigat ang laban dahil magagaling ang ibang nominated for the position," he told radio dzMM.
He admitted that if he is appointed Chief Justice, he will only stay in the position for a short while since he is only 4 years shy of the mandatory retirement age of 70.
"I am 66 already. Mukhang bata lang tayo at magaling mag-alaga ang Mrs. Valdez," he said.
In the interview, the UE law dean said questions about the alleged "bloated" composition of the Judicial and Bar Council should not affect the process of creating a shortlist for the Chief Justice post.
He said he expects the final nominees to get the majority of JBC votes.
Valdez also backed the live coverage of the JBC interviews of the CJ nominees. He said the decision to allow live TV coverage of the JBC interviews will ensure transparency.
He, however, said the JBC must impose rules so that the live interviews will not become a circus.
Radio dzMM, July 2, 2012