Jul 5, 2020 @ 20:56

Guevarra turns down SC nomination anew

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Sunday declined anew his nomination to the Supreme Court, citing the country’s current condition “where his services are most needed.”

In a letter to former Sandiganbayan associate justice Raoul Victorino, Guevarra said that he was “honored and grateful” for the nomination.

“It is unfortunate, however, that this opportunity has come at a time when my services as Secretary of the DOJ are most needed,” he said.

“The government is facing a huge and unprecedented crisis occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is especially during these troubled times that law and order must be preserved and maintained,” he added.

“It is therefore with utmost regret that I respectfully decline your nomination,” said Guevarra.

Victorino nominated Guevarra for the seat to be vacated by SC Associate Justice Jose Reyes who will mandatorily retire on September 18, 2020.

In his two-page letter of recommendation/nomination to the Judicial and Bar Council, Victorino said “the righteous tenets and ends of justice will be better served if we are to have a man of Justice, in the person of Honorable Menardo Guevarra, as an Associate Justice in the high court.”

“I have known Secretary Guevarra to be a person of proven competence, integrity, probity, and independence and his sense of patriotism through his socio-civic engagements. I believe that he possesses the necessary credentials, professional experience, and the motivation to discharge the duties as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court,” Victorino said.

Last November, Victorino nominated Guevarra to the Judicial and Bar Council for the associate justice seat of Diosdado Peralta who was appointed Chief Justice by President Duterte.

Guevarra turned down his nomination.

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