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Nomination, application for Chief Justice post opens September 29

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 28 September 2018 05:21 PM


Supreme Court of the Philippines


The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is opening applications for the next Chief Justice on Saturday, September 29.

According to  Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, an ex-officio member of the JBC, the deadline for submission of requirements for those interested in the post is on October 15.

Under JBC rules, the nominee must formally accept the nomination before it can be processed.

The JBC will be vetting nominations and applications for the chief justice position as Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 on October 8.  — Mai Bermudez


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Lucas Bersamin is Duterte’s new Chief Justice

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 10:18 AM


Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin (Image courtesy of Supreme Court via Twitter)

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (November 28) has appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC).

 Bersamin served as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals in March 2003 before he was assigned to the Supreme Court in 2009.

 Prior to this, he served as judge at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 96 following years of private practice.

Among the notable cases that Bersamin handled was the declaration of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of former President Benigno Aquino III as unconstitutional and the bail granted to former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

Also, he voted in favor of the interment of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani as well as in the controversial ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Bersamin will retire on October 18, 2019. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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Carpio stands firm on West PH Sea rights despite possible impact on CJ nomination

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 03:40 PM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

Nothing will stop Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio from advocating a tougher stance in claiming Philippine’s sovereign rights to the West Philippine Sea — not even its potential impact on his nomination for chief justice of the Supreme Court (SC).

The possibility of his chances being affected due to his position on the issue is not lost on Justice Carpio, knowing that president Rodrigo Duterte, who holds the power to appoint the next chief justice, is friendly with China.

“It’s the prerogative of the president to appoint whoever he wants and I respect that. But that doesn’t stop me from continuing my advocacy because I think this is more important than anything else,” Carpio said.

Carpio made the statement during his lecture on the West Philippine Sea at the gathering of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas in Makati, Tuesday night.

Last week, Carpio decided to accept his automatic nomination to the chief justice post, noting that the circumstances are different this time as there are no longer any legal issues involved unlike during the ouster bid against former Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

“Because in Sereno, my opinion stated that she could not be removed by quo warranto but she was removed. Now, I do not want to benefit from a ruling that I disagreed on. But now this is an expiration of term. De Castro’s term as CJ expired. There’s no legal issue anymore. That’s why I said there is no reason anymore to decline,” Carpio explained.

Other SC justices who accepted their automatic nominations are Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin, Estella Perlas-Bernabe and Andres Reyes Jr.

Justice Antonio Carpio is currently the acting chief justice after Chief Justice Teresita de Castro retired on October 10 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

The Judicial and Bar Council of the Philippines (JBC) extended the deadline for the submission of applications and nominations until October 26.

If he is selected for the post, Carpio will have until October 2019 to lead the Supreme Court. — Mai Bermudez

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CJ De Castro marks last SC flag raising ceremony with big send-off

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 8 October 2018 01:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court employees paid tribute to Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro as she attended her last flag raising ceremony on Monday, October 08.

De Castro will be retiring on Wednesday, October 10 when she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 .

A marching band trumpeted the arrival of De Castro as she was welcomed by SC employees and her fellow magistrates who were all dressed in blue.

A huge banner was hung bearing a message of gratitude to the 24th chief justice of the Supreme Court.

In her speech, De Castro touted the reforms she has made in the SC such as the salary increase and overtime pay of stenographers and other SC employees.

“I will miss all of you. I will miss everyone with whom I worked in the course of my 10 years and 8 months here,” De Castro said.

“With this I say goodbye to all of you. You have given me many memories to live by the rest of my life. Thank you.” — Mai Bermudez

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