The Philippine Supreme Court accepted a petition to strip Congress of one of its votes in the Judicial and Bar Council. Article VIII Section 8 (1) of the Constitution gives Congress “a” representative, not one for each chamber.
This comes ahead of an expected vote for a new chief justice following the impeachment of Renato Corona earlier this year. It is a bit surprising and possibly not a coincidence that the Supreme Court changed the voting rule after having two representatives since 2001. Perhaps the court thought that given Congress’ vote to impeach Corona, they might disagree over judicial candidates.
Full article from PhilStar here.