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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is expected to make thousands of appointments during his term as president.
But none are as crucial as the appointments he will make to the Supreme Court, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Sandiganbayan.
Over the next six years, at least 12 Supreme Court associate justices, all of the top leadership of the Office of the Ombudsman, and at least seven Sandiganbayan justices will all retire.
The appointments to these bodies share one thing in common: they all pass through the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).
If you get right down to it, the quality of appointments starts and ends with the JBC.
So if the president ends up making poor appointments, the heaviest blame should go to them.
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