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Nomination, application for Chief Justice post opens September 29

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2018


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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

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 UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2018

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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House finds impeachment complaints vs. 7 SC magistrates ‘sufficient in form’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

House Committee on Justice unanimously approve sufficiency of impeachment raps against seven SC justices


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Twenty-one members of the House Committee on Justice, chaired by Representative Doy Leachon agreed that the impeachment complaint against the seven magistrates of the Supreme Court (SC) is sufficient in form.

The respondents involve SC Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin, Diosdado Peralta, Francis Jardaleza, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes, Alexander Gesmundo and now Chief Justice Teresita de Castro.

The Committee said the filing of the case has gone through the proper procedure. The complaint was verified by the House Secretary General and it was signed and sworn in by the complainants Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, Magdalo Party List Representative Gary Alejano and Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat.

The grounds the Court stated against the seven magistrates include culpable violation of the Constitution for surpassing the authority of Congress to oust an impeachable official specifically referring to the case of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Meanwhile, a separate case of betrayal of public trust was filed against Associates Justices Peralta, Bersamin, Tijam, Jardeleza and Chief Justice De Castro for their alleged refusal to inhibit from voting in favor of the quo warranto petition against Sereno. This, despite them being vocal about their grudges against the former chief justice during the impeachment proceedings.

“We do not want to condone the knowing rendition of a malicious and unjust judgment by the 7 respondent justices which are offensive to the constitution and violative in a requisite impartiality and judiciousness of neutral magistrates,” said Lagman.

The Committee decided to continue the probe on September 11 when they will discuss if the complaints are sufficient in substance. – Marje  Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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