SC Justice Antonio T. Carpio retires after 18 years of public service

SC Justice Antonio T. Carpio retires after 18 years of public service




This week Senior Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Carpio will leave the Supreme Court after 18 years, more than 900 decisions and with no backlog.
He leaves SC as acting Chief Justice and it is being hailed by his colleagues in the judiciary as the quintessential scholar, a patriotic Filipino and a leader.

"The Honorable Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio, through his participation and leadership, defined an era of the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Philippines," said Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, reading out loud the SC magistrates’ plaque of appreciation for Carpio who attended his last flag raising ceremony Monday.
Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio
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"Indeed, [he] has earned his place in the history of the Supreme Court. Many of his writings have become canonical. Many more would become so. He will be known as the quintessential scholar, a patient mentor, an enlightened and patriotic Filipino, a passionate and just jurist. And above all else, a leader for the judiciary,” he added.
Supreme Court employees were clad in blue, red and white – the colors of the national flag.

18 years of SC service


As per records of the Supreme Court, Carpio penned 935 full blown long decisions, 79 dissenting opinions, 30 concurring opinions, 13 separate opinions and 4 concurring and dissenting opinions, with no backlog in his almost 2 decades in the high court.
His writings, according to his colleagues, were "clear, erudite, strategic and always with a perspective towards insisting on a just result that should benefit the Filipino people." 
"His writings reveal the wisdom that he patiently evolved throughout his career as a lawyer, professor of law, Chief Legal Counsel for the Office of the President, and also as Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court,” they said.

WPS Advocate


With all his accomplishments as an esteemed member of the High Court he is best known for his advocacy for Philippine interests in the West Philippine Sea.
Been very active in the Hague tribunal which later eventually invalidated China’s nine-dash line to being vocal against the government’s conflicting policy regards the country’s interests with respect to the tribunal’s decision and other deals which seems to favor the Chinese interests over ours.
"Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is both a statesman and a patriot. His effort to protect our national sovereignty and ensure accountability of all government officials remains tireless, unceasing and enlightening. His knowledge and applied wisdom of national and international law is unparalleled," the plaque of recognition they gave him said.

After 18 years of public service


During the flag ceremony, Justice Carpio shared he has mixed emotions/feelings on leaving the Supreme Court.
"As I return here to this spot where I started my journey before the SC family, a flag ceremony one fine day 18 years ago, I am both happy and sad,” he told his audience composed of SC employees and fellow-justices.
“Happy because I have done my best to serve our people, and sad because I am bidding farewell to my family of the last 18 years."
He added: "I dare say that my colleagues in the en banc and my co-workers in the SC family have always shown utmost dedication and professionalism in their work and service to the Filipino people. So let me say a big thank you to all of you.”

Justice Antonio Carpio officially retires as a member of the SC on October 26, one of the longest-serving SC associate justices in history. And since it is publicly known that he missed five chances to be appointed to be the chief magistrate of the land, he will retire with benefits the same that of a chief justice of the High Court.



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