A Supreme Court (SC) magistrate is gunning for the position of Ombudsman, the top graft-buster in the country. SC Justice Samuel Martires is seeking the slot to be vacated by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, who is set to retire in July this year. Once appointed to the Ombudsman post, Martires will have to go on optional retirement from the High Court. The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), which screens applications and nominations for the Ombudsman post, has received applications from Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd and lawyer Edna Batacan. Also vying for the Ombudsman post is Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval.
Source: Manila Times May 16, 2018 16:18 UTC