Newly-appointed Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin yesterday appointed Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez as new head of the Supreme Court Public Information Office.
“I’ve know Midas for a while now and I need his help to burnish the image of the Supreme Court,” Bersamin told reporters.
At the same time, Bersamin also appealed to the media to be accurate in their reporting, and also report on positive news regarding the SC.
Marquez previously served as SC spokesman under two former chief justices - Reynato Puno and the late Renato Corona.
“I cannot say no to the Chief Justice,” Marquez replied when asked to comment.
Just like Bersamin, Marquez has risen from judicial ranks and has been with the SC for over 27 years.
Marquez started his career in the SC in 1991 as a law clerk for several justices, including retired Associate Justice Abraham Sarmiento, Senior Justice and former Philippine Judicial Academy chancellor Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, and retired Senior Justice Josue Bellosillo, and rose from the ranks and appointed court administrator in 2010.
He has since spearheaded many reforms in the judiciary with the constant backing of the SC justices.
Marquez has also been nominated several times for SC associate justice post.