Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

Carpio’s things to do after retirement: Write, lecture, and defend WPS

Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Friday disclosed that he will write and lecture specifically on the issue of the West Philippine Sea once he retires from judicial service.

Carpio will mandatorily retire on October 26 upon reaching the age of 70.

“I will continue with my research. I will continue to write. I will continue to lecture all over the country and also abroad if i get invited. I have several invitations to talk about the West Philippine Sea in Japan and in the US. I have friends researching on the same subject, who are also interested in the same subject and we agree to meet regularly and see how we should proceed from there,” Carpio said in a chance interview.

Asked if he would accept a government position relating to the country’s claim over the disputed maritime areas, Carpio stressed that he don’t need an official post to defend WPS.

“I am always available to defend our sovereign rights in the WPS. I don’t have to have any formal position. They want my opinion (and) my recommendation, I will give it willingly and gladly,” Carpio said.

The Judicial and Bar Council recently came up with a shortlist of nine candidates for Carpio’s post.

Shortlisted were Court of Appeals Justices Japar Dimaampao, Ramon Garcia, Ricardo Rosario, Jhosep Lopez, Ma. Filomena Singh, Pablito Perez, Manuel Barrios, Edgardo delos Santos.

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez also made it in the list.

The JBC is the constitutionally-mandated body to screen and vet nominees to key positions in the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman.

Under the 1987 Constitution, President Duterte has 90 days from October 26 within which to appoint Carpio’s replacement.

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