Resigned Chief of Public Information Office Atty. Theodore Te
MANILA, Philippines – Atty. Theodore Te has resigned as Supreme Court’s (SC) Chief of Public Information Office and assistant court administrator effective Friday (September 7).
Te was appointed by the ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in 2013.
In his resignation letter, Te said his term was coterminous with Sereno but was extended pending the appointment of a new Chief Justice and a new SC Spokesperson.
He said his resignation will give Chief Justice Teresita De Castro the free hand to appoint a spokesperson that could help her implement media policies crafted by her office.
De Castro designated Atty. Ma. Victoria Gleoresty Guerra as his replacement upon acceptance of his resignation.
Meanwhile, Court staff donned blue during the flag raising on Monday (September 3) to show support to the new Chief Justice.
De Castro was emotional as she delivered her first speech as the new and the first female chief justice of the SC.
She calls on all SC employees not to be swayed by criticisms against the High Court.
“I would like to say that people outside will like to judge us from what they see from afar but it is us the justices and the employees and officials of the court know what is happening inside the Supreme Court,” she said.
She asks other branches of government to respect the judiciary, move on and learn from the conflicts and misunderstandings of the past. – Mai Bermudez / Marje Pelayo