Antonio Carpio declines nomination for Chief Justice

Antonio Carpio declines nomination for Chief Justice


Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has declined to his automatic nomination for being the top magistrate of the land, to succeed Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin.

In a message to reporters, he said he declined such nomination "because there are only eight days left from the vacancy to my compulsory retirement."

CJ Bersamin will retire as head of the Judiciary on October 18, while Carpio will retire on October 26.

Prior to Bersamin, his predecessor CJ Teresita De  Castro, was Chief Justice for only 44 days.

Carpio has been one the most vocal critics of the Duterte administration with respect to the West Philippine Sea, and it was because of this President Duterte once described him as “stupid and crazy.”

Automatic Nomination, how it works?

Five of the most senior justices in the Supreme Court are automatically nominated for the position of Chief Justice, but they are required to indicate their formal acceptance to  be considered as a candidate for the chief justice position.

Others who received the automatic nomination are Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Benjamin Caguioa.
The JBC will accept applications and and acceptance of recommendations to the chief justice post until August 20.

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