MANILA, Philippines --- Sen. Franklin M. Drilon declined on Thursday his nomination for the "exalted position as chief justice," saying he likes his work in the Senate "where I can be of better service to the country."
Drilon said he was "humbled and honored" by the nominations but intends to finish his term in the Senate which ends in 2016.
Besides, Drilon told reporters, "It is more fun in the Senate."
Drilon and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago were the latest members of Congress to be nominated to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) which is expected to vet the nominees and recommend three of its top choices for chief justice to President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Of the more than 60 nominees, 13 have already accepted their nominations.
"I have been in the Executive and Legislative branches. I do not know that a change in career path when you are 67 is the most welcome development in your life," Drilon said.
He also noted with sadness that process for nominating the chief justice "has become a circus."
"I am not blaming anyone but it has become absurd, even requiring psycho tests," he said.