De Castro appointed CJ for seniority, emphasizes Palace
(philstar.com) – August 26, 2018 – 13:11 pm
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Teresita Leonardo-De Castro's appointment as the main dish of the Supreme Court is no reward for expelling Maria Lourdes Sereno, Malacañang said Sunday.
The presidential spokesman Harry Roque insinuated that the appointment of De Castro was a reward for her testimony against Sereno in the House of Representatives or for the vote for a quo-warranto petition that questioned her appointment, since head justice is not useful.
"PRRD (President Rodrigo Duterte) maintained legitimate professionalism by appointing the eldest of aspirants," said Roque in a statement.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque denies the appointment of Chief Justice de Castro as a reward: "Wala pong saysay yan." PRRD maintained judicial professionalism through the appointment of the highest aspiring leader. " | @alexisbromero
– Philstar.com (@PhilstarNews) August 26, 2018
Roque responded to Rep. Gary Alejano & # 39; s (Magdalo-party list) claimed that De Castro was only rewarded for being the vanguard of the departure of predecessor Maria Lourdes Sereno & # 39 ;.
Sereno was deported in May after the Supreme Court had decided for a petition in which the validity of her appointment as a main court was called into question.
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De Castro is retiring in October
"Barely a month and three weeks [after], De Castro was appointed CJ or SC. She was rewarded with leading the expulsion of Sereno, "Alejano, a vocal critic of the Duterte government and a potential candidate for the Senate, said in a post on social media.
"She would with less than two months with a pabaon (divorce) from a chief judge stepping back, this is a clear case of bayad-utang, walang delikadesa at garapalan sa gobyerno, (repay, lack of decency and shamelessness in the government),) he added.
Another opposition legislator, Rep. Antonio Tino (ACT Teacher Party list) also questioned the decision of Duterte to appoint De Castro, who reached retirement age in October.
"President Duterte's decision to appoint a candidate who will retire within two months suggests that he is motivated by political interests in the short term rather than the intention to strengthen the credibility and independence of the Supreme Court, "said Tinio.
Rep. Edcel Lagman (Albay) also said that De Castro & # 39; s appointment has something to do with the Sereno ouster.
Lagman struck De Castro for "betraying the public" when she did not curtail herself from the quo-warranto petition against Sereno.
"The Castro should have seriously considered rejecting her nomination and refusing her threatening appointment as Supreme Court judge, given the seriousness of the accusation against her for culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust," Lagman in a statement.
"With the very short period of her reputation, it is humanly impossible for her to achieve miracles or anything of substance in the Supreme Court," he said.
& # 39; The appointment of De Castro can benefit Marcoses & # 39;
Rep. Sarah Elago (list of the Kabataan party) also believed that the appointment of De Castro is meant for the administration of Duterte.
"Certainly, the very short term of De Castro will serve the interests of the Duterte regime, as well as its current powerful allies – Arroyo, who has just returned to power as House Speaker, and [Bongbong] Marcos, who is desperate to speed up the recount for the vice presidential vote and has the support and confidence of Duterte, "said Elago.
Machris Cabreros, chairman of the opposition group and ally of the liberal party Akbayan, said that the appointment of De Castro would also benefit the Marcos family. He quoted De Castro earlier before the funeral of the hero for Ferdinand Marcos Sr. had voted.
"Her next mission could bring Marcosen back to power by surprising Bockbong Marcos with electoral protest," said Cabreros.
& # 39; Appointment maintains tradition of seniority & # 39;
Rep. Rudy Fariñas (Ilocos Norte), former majority chair of the House, chose the side of the Palace and praised the president for "maintaining the tradition of senorality in the Supreme Court."
According to Fariñas, De Castro "has an excellent record in the judiciary", so he is saddened by those who are against her appointment.
"It is sad that a few people trivialize such a hallowed tradition by making the short term of office of CJ De Castro ridiculous.The JBC gave her and Justice Peralta a not-infamous voice of 6 to support them with the president, "said the solon.
I suspect that if Justice Carpio did not reject his appointment, he would now have been Chief Justice. But he has until October 26, 2019 [in the Supreme Court]. When CJ De Castro retires on October 8, [2018,] the president could also continue the tradition, "he added.
On August 23, opposition legislators of the Lower House filed charges against charges against seven judges, including De Castro.
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De Castro accepted her appointment last month at the highest courts of the Supreme Court. She has previously been reported for exchanging barbs with deposed Sereno during the oral arguments about the quo-warranto petition and even in public speeches. Rosette Adel