SC Spokesperson Theodore Te steps down

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  • SC spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te has resigned
  • Te confirmed on Monday that CJ De Castro accepted his resignation
  • The human rights lawyer said he will be returning to full-time academic life
  • His resignation will take effect on September 7

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te has resigned; just days after a new Chief Justice was named to replace ousted Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Te, a human rights lawyer and a former University of the Philippines College of Law professor like Sereno, submitted his resignation to newly-appointed Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro last August 29.

On Monday, September 3, Te confirmed that De Castro has accepted his resignation as Assistant Court Administrator and Chief of the SC’s Public Information Office (PIO).

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Te said in his resignation letter that the new CJ should be given a free hand to craft her own media policies and “to appoint a person whom your Honor believes could best implement those policies”.

“It has been a pleasure to have served on 3 committees which Your Honor has led during my tenure as chief of the Public Information Office. May I respectfully offer my every good wish for your and the Court’s success,” Te said.

Te added he will be returning to full-time academic life which he had put on hold after being appointed to the Supreme Court by Sereno in 2013.

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“I respectfully believe that I would be of greater value to the judiciary and the Court in the academic world at this time,” he said.

Te’s resignation will be effective this coming September 7. He will be replaced by Deputy Information Chief Maria Victoria Gleoresty Guerra as acting PIO chief.