One last time: Carpio to be acting Chief Justice starting Oct. 18

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Starting on October 18, Supreme Court senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will automatically become the acting chief justice until his compulsory retirement on October 26.

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin will mandatorily retire from service on October 18.

From October 26 and if assuming President Duterte has not yet appointed Bersamin’s replacement, Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, the third magistrate in line based on seniority, will now take the post from Carpio as acting chief justice.

Under the Constitution, Mr. Duterte has 90 days from October 18 within which to appoint Bersamin’s replacement.

Incidentally, Carpio recently declined his automatic nomination to the coveted court seat, while Peralta accepted.

Those senior magistrates who likewise declined their nomination were Marvic Leonen and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

On the other hand, apart from Peralta, those who accepted their automatic nomination were Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Andres Reyes Jr., and Jose Reyes Jr.

On Tuesday, Carpio announced that he also declined his automatic nomination to the chief justice post.

“Yes, I am declining because there are only 8 days left from the vacancy to my compulsory retirement,” he said in a statement.

Last Monday, Leonen was the first to decline nomination, saying that it was the “right thing to do for myself, this Court and this country.”

“I confirm that I have declined the nomination of the Court en banc to the position of Chief Justice vice Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin,” Leonen said.

“There is no requirement to state our reasons for declining the nomination. For now, in my considered judgment, my decision is the right thing to do for myself, this Court and this country,” he continued.

He pledged his support to whoever will be appointed to replace Bersamin.

“As always, I am committed to giving my support to whoever is constitutionally appointed as the next Chief Justice,” said Leonen.

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