Following the successful impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona, the seat now for the country’s highest court (Supreme Court of the Philippines) Chief Justice is open. The Chief Justice presides over the Supreme Court of the Philippines and is the highest judicial officer of the government of the Philippines.
Cagayan de Oro’s 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez is among those who have been nominated to take the post as Chief Justice. He was a graduate of the De La Salle University (Ab Economics ’75, Summa Cum Laude) and the University of the Philippines College of Law and also became the Dean of the College of Law of San Sebastian College. He also served as commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration during the Arroyo administration. Rodriguez was nominated by lawyer Nicasio Tan, who submitted a letter to the JBC (Judicial and Bar Council) through Senator Francis Escudero, representing the Senate.
Also Nnominated for the top judicial post are Senators Franklin Drilon and Miriam Defensor-Santiago;former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo; and, constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas.