De Castro, 3 other magistrates accept nomination for SC Chief Justice

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  • Associate Justice Leonardo De Castro has accepted her nomination for Chief Justice
  • She accepted the nomination along with three of her colleagues
  • Earlier, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio declined his nomination to the post

After weeks of speculations, Associate Justice Teresita De-Castro has finally accepted her nomination to be the next Supreme Court Chief Justice along with three of her colleagues.

De Castro is a staunch critic of Maria Lourdes Sereno who was ousted via a quo warranto petition in May. De Castro was one of the magistrates who voted in favor of ousting Sereno.

On Thursday, July 25, the last day for the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to accept nomination for the top judiciary post, De Castro formally accepted her nomination.

She was one of the five senior justices who was automatically nominated to the post vacated by Sereno.

One of them, Senior Associate Justice and Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, has declined the nomination, saying he cannot benefit from Sereno’s ouster which he has opposed, in the first place.

The 69-year-old De Castro is a Law graduate from the University of the Philippines and embarked on a career in government that spans more than 4 decades.

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She formerly works with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and spent 12 years in the Sandiganbayan where she went on to become its Presiding Justice. She was appointed to the high court in 2004 by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

De Castro is due to retire in October upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. Aside from the automatic nomination, she was also nominated by retired Sandiganbayan Associate Justice and ex-JBC member Raoul Victorino, as well as by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

Meanwhile, her fellow associate justices who have also accepted their nomination to beat the JBC deadline are Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin and Andres Reyes Jr.