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CJ Sereno remains calm amid complaint of impeachment

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno remains calm amid the impeachment complaint she is now facing before the House of Representatives.

In her speech at the gathering of the Philippine Trial Judge League incorporated in Palo Leyte on Wednesday, Sereno reiterated that she has a clear conscience.

The chief justice also noted that she has never lied, or deceived others.

Sereno said that she trusts the public and that institutions of the government would disclose the lies being hurled against her.

She said she is just doing her job as the Supreme Court’s top magistrate.

This is her first public appearance after the House justice committee affirmed that complaint against her has sufficient basis.

Sereno also urged the judges to perform properly their sworn duties and to not let politics affect their work.

The chief justice emphasized as well that she did not attend the event to seek support from the judges. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Atty. Te resigns as Supreme Court spokesperson

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, September 3rd, 2018

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

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Duterte: No politics involved in CJ De Castro appointment

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2018

Newly-appointed Chief Justice Teresita De Castro | Supreme Court photo

President Rodrigo Duterte defended his appointment of Senior Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro as the country’s top magistrate amid criticisms by the opposition.

Critics noted that De Castro has only two months to serve as chief justice as she is set to retire in October when she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.
“Why appoint someone who will only sit … for less than two months? What public purpose does it serve? What public value does it create? The appointment leaves much to be desired,” Sen. Francis Pangilinan said.

Some say the appointment is De Castro’s political reward for voting in favor of the quo warranto petition that ousted Maria Lourdes Sereno from the Supreme Court.
However, Duterte insists there is no politics involved in the appointment and that his decision was based on seniority and merit system.

“And it will be the same for all justices, not only De Castro — all of them. Unless of course, they refuse or maybe they would opt to retire, because not much time for them to serve is left,” he said. “In the military, that’s the custom. In the Civil Service, no political colors included. That is not allowed. So, merit system.”

De Castro is the most senior among the members of the Supreme Court. She was appointed in 2007 by former president and now House Speaker Gloria Arroyo.
She also served as Sandiganbayan presiding justice in 2004. — Rosalie Coz

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Duterte appoints De Castro as new SC Chief Justice

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, August 25th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court

 

Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita de Castro is the new Chief Justice.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, an ex officio member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), announced Saturday that President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen De Castro among the shortlist submitted to him by the JBC.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque lauded the selection of De Castro as the country’s top magistrate.

“Bravo! Best choice for CJ! Proven competence, known nationalist and a streak of being a judicial activist,” he said in a statement.

De Castro has served the Judiciary for over 40 years, starting as a law clerk in 1973.

She had been the presiding justice of the Sandiganbayan in 2004 until her appointment to the Supreme Court by then president and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2007.

She is replacing Maria Lourdes Sereno who was ousted from the High Court through a quo warranto petition. De Castro was one of the eight sitting justices who voted in favor of Sereno’s ouster.

De Castro’s term however will only be for two months as she is set to retire in October, when she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.

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