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In case you missed it: CJ de Castro bids farewell to SC

Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro formally bowed out from judicial service during a farewell ceremony at the Supreme Court last Friday.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra was in attendance along with other Supreme Court and Court of Appeals justices, and other guests including Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the family of former chief justice Renato Corona.

Former chief justices Artemio Panganiban and Hilario Davide, Jr., and other retired justices of the high court were also seen in the event.

“She (CJ de Castro) traced her legal and judicial career, acknowledged the love and support of her family, noted the lack of collegiality in decision-making on administrative matters during the last few years, and enumerated the many things that she had accomplished in 44 days as chief justice,” Guevarra said when asked by reporters about the gist of the magistrate’s retirement speech.

The following tokens were given to De Castro by the SC during the ceremony: Philippine flag, SC flag, SC seal, a brass shingle bearing her name, SC pen, SC timepiece, her Book of Decisions, and the Judicial Robe.

When she was appointed by President Duterte, de Castro said she wants her leadership in the judicial branch to be remembered as the one “that restored collegiality in the SC” and “which was able to institute several reforms in the judicial processes.”

President Duterte appointed de Castro on August 25 to replace Ma. Lourdes Sereno, who was ousted via quo warranto.

De Castro was among the eight justices who voted to unseat Sereno on May 11 and permanently remove her from office on June 19, for alleged failure to file complete statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth.

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