MANILA, Philippines - The Judicial and Bar Council has accepted Undersecretary Michael Frederick Musngi as Justice Secretary Leila de Lima's replacement in the panel.
Speaking to ANC, JBC member and lawyer Jose Mejia said Musngi attended their meeting this morning where they discussed the upcoming interviews of Chief Justice nominees. The interviews will begin Tuesday next week.
He said the JBC accepted Musngi after the President wrote a letter to the council.
"The essence of the request was the President and the executive department did not want to be deprived of its representation, which is embodied in the Constitution anyway," he said.
He said that after a discussion, a consensus was reached to grant the President's request.
Musngi, who works with the Office of the Executive Secretary, has been a lawyer for 10 years now.
De Lima was replaced as she was nominated to the top magistrate post after former Chief Justice Renato Corona was removed from office through impeachment.
ANC Dateline Philippines, July 20, 2012