Carpio joins race for coveted Supreme Court highest post

October 12, 2018

SENIOR Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio yesterday accepted his automatic nomination for the chief justice post, which became vacant following the recent compulsory retirement of Teresita Leonardo-de Castro.

Carpio’s Judicial Staff Head, Atty. Maria Teresa Sibulo, confirmed this development which was coursed through the SC Public Information Office.

While Carpio accepted his automatic nomination, Associate Justice Mariano C. del Castillo declined his.

In his letter dated October 12, 2018 to the Judicial and Bar Council, Justice Del Castillo stated: “I am honored to be automatically nominated to the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court...My compulsory retirement next year, however, compels me to respectfully decline the nomination. I foresee that, as Chairperson of the 2018 Bar Examinations, my work will extend to the months just prior to my retirement. That will leave me not much time to embark on notable projects that a Chief Justice will normally want to have an imprint on.”

Del Castillo will mandatorily retire when he turns 70 on July 29 next year.

Carpio declined his nomination for the chief justice post last June out of delicadeza, saying he did not want to benefit from the ouster of Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

He dissented from the majority ruling in the quo warranto case filed against Sereno.

Meanwhile, the JBC announced the extension to October 26 of the deadline for the application period for the position of chief justice.

The JBC has originally set on October 15 the deadline for the application or recommendation to the post.