CHIEF Justice Lucas P. Bersamin yesterday said farewell to Supreme Court officials and employees during his last flag-raising ceremony at the SC courtyard in Manila.
He will mandatorily retire on October 17 upon reaching the age of 70.
“Continue doing your assigned tasks and work, but please be constant in your loyalty to the Judiciary as an institution, and be steadfast in your fealty to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and to the Rule of Law,” Bersamin said.
In his recent speech, Bersamin said he wanted the public to remember him as the “healing chief justice.”
“I wish to be remembered and known as the healing chief justice who brought stability and normalcy back to the judiciary and particularly to the SC,” Bersamin said.
“Yes, the judiciary needed healing and it became my response as chief justice to initiate and ensure such healing,” he continued.
As of this writing, four senior SC justices are vying for the coveted top court seat in the country.
They are Justices Diosdado Peralta, Jose Reyes Jr., Andres Reyes Jr., and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.
On the other hand, the justices who declined their automatic nomination were Antonio Carpio, Marvic Leonen, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.
Starting on October 18, Carpio will automatically become the acting chief justice until his compulsory retirement on October 26.
From October 26, and assuming President Duterte has not yet appointed Bersamin’s replacement, Peralta, the third magistrate in line based on seniority, will take the post from Carpio as acting chief justice.