2 insiders, Comelec official enters shortlist for Overall Deputy Ombudsman-A A +A
Monday, September 9, 2013
THREE people, two of them insiders, were selected by the screening body Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Monday as potential successors to retired Overall Deputy Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro.
The remaining nominees are acting Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang (five votes), graft investigator Roque Dator (four votes) and lawyer Ferdinand Rafanan, planning director of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Carandang began his stint in the anti-graft body in 1989 as planning officer before rising through the ranks. He was an Assistant Ombudsman until 2007, spanning the terms of Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo and Merceditas Gutierrez.
He also acted as legal consultant to the Ombudsman. Carandang holds a law degree from the University of Sto. Tomas.
Dator applied for the position of Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon thrice, losing to former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Commissioner Gerard Mosquera last year. He is currently with the Ombudsman’s Field Investigation Office.
Rafanan is the head of the Comelec planning department since September 2011. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Law.
President Benigno Aquino III has three months to choose the replacement of Casimiro, who retired on August 23.
Those who attended the voting are Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (chairperson) and JBC members retired Court of Appeals Justice Aurora Santiago-Lagman (private sector representative), lawyer Jose Mejia (academe) and lawyer Milagros Fernan-Cayosa (Integrated Bar of the Philippines).
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima left the names of her bets to the council. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)