The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has recently responded to TAN's letters dated 21 June 2011 and 01 July 2011, with a letter of regret on swiftly providing the requested information on the copies of the tally sheets containing the individual votes of the JBC Members for the positions of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon and the Ombusdman.
Their response have reiterated the policy of the Council that information related to the meetings of the JBC including the minutes and its excerpts containing summary votes shall only be released to requesting parties ONLY after the approval of the said minutes. It also applies on the posting of these results on their official website
However, the JBC Executive Office assured TAN that they will do provide the information that is needed right AFTER the approval of the minutes, since it has not yet been approved by the Council.
With this, TAN looks forward to the approval and the posting of these important information in line with its hope for a credible, transparent and accountable appointments to the aforementioned posts.
For a copy of the letter, kindly click the download link below.