Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

SC passes resolution granting Carpio retirement privileges, benefits of a CJ

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Former chief justice Artemio Panganiban on Friday disclosed that the Supreme Court has unanimously passed a resolution granting retiring Associate Justice Antonio Carpio the privileges and benefits of a chief justice.

“The Court passed a unanimous resolution with him (Carpio) taking no part, granting him the retirement privileges of a chief justice. I think this is the least the court could do for its esteemed member who faithfully served the longest term 18 years as associate justice, ” Panganiban said.

Also, Panganiban divulged that Carpio humbly declined the high court’s traditional retirement ceremony for retiring magistrates, and opted instead for a simple dinner in a non-posh hotel.

“Ever true to his innate modesty and humility, he declined the court’s traditional majestic ceremony at its hollowed session hall to honor its retiring magistrates in return a simple dinner at the Conrad Hotel next Friday,” Panganiban said.

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

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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