Court of Appeals' Jose Reyes is new Supreme Court Associate Justice

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 10) — Court of Appeals Associate Justice Jose Reyes, Jr. has been appointed to the Supreme Court.

President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Reyes on Thursday, according to the document released by Malacañang on Friday. He chose Reyes from a shortlist of eight candidates submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council, which screens applicants to the judiciary.

The newly-appointed magistrate will take his oath of office on Monday, Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go said in a text message to CNN Philippines.

He will replace retired Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco, Jr. who left the High Court on August 8 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Reyes is the fifth Duterte appointee at the Supreme Court.

The 67-year-old justice earned his law degree from San Beda College of Law, the same school attended by Duterte.

Reyes applied for the same post in 2012 when Maria Lourdes Sereno was appointed Chief Justice, and in 2014 and 2016 to replace two retiring justices.

Duterte will also appoint the next Chief Justice after the historic ouster of Sereno and another associate justice to replace Samuel Martires who was named Ombudsman. This means seven out of the 15 members of the High Court would be Duterte appointees.