De Castro is the new chief judge of the Supreme Court

President Rodrigo Duterte chooses Supreme Court Teresita De Castro to replace the ousted Maria Lourdes Sereno

Published 2:44 PM, August 25, 2018

Updated at 15:05, August 25, 2018

NEW CHEF MAGISTRATE. President Rodrigo Duterte calls for Teresita De Castro's court for the Supreme Court's highest position. File photo by Darren Langit / Rappler

NEW CHEF MAGISTRATE. President Rodrigo Duterte calls for Teresita De Castro's court for the Supreme Court's highest position. File photo by Darren Langit / Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen Teresita de Castro as Supreme Court of the Supreme Court to replace the ousted Maria Lourdes Sereno.

This was confirmed on Saturday 25 August by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to Rappler.

"Her appointment as chief judge is an appropriate conclusion to her illustrious career in both the Ministry of Justice and the judiciary," said Guevarra.

According to the Minister of Justice, the formal appointment of De Castro on Tuesday 28 August will be released by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

The Presidential spokesman Harry Roque praised De Castro as the best choice for Chief Justice.

"Bravo! Best choice for CJ! Proven competence, well-known nationalist and a line to be a legal activist!" he said on Saturday in a message to reporters.

Duterte favored De Castro over her fellow magistrates, Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin and Diosdado Peralta.

De Castro will remain in charge for less than two months after she retired on 8 October. In her interview with the Council of Justice and the Order, she said that her short term would not impede her effectiveness as a chief magistrate.

The choice of Duterte for De Castro reflects his tendency to prioritize seniority as a consideration of important agreements. De Castro is the most senior among the JBC shortlist. This tendency of Duterte is also observed in his choice of military leaders who are the highest, even if their conditions are short.

Respect for seniority has long defined the Supreme Court as an institution, a reason why Sereno's appointment as chief judge disturbed so many feathers. At the time of her appointment, Sereno was a juvenile justice.

De Castro said she can achieve a lot in two months by saying, "It's not like I'll start today."

The Castro has served the Supreme Court since 2007, or for the last 11 years. Her stint will cover 45 years of government service, which began with clerk work at the Supreme Court, before she walked through the ranks. She served at the Ministry of Justice and then became the presiding judge of the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court.

De Castro claimed during the JBC interviews that she was starting to digitize judicial processes, in particular the Enterprise Information Systems Plan, the pet project of her archenemy, expelled Supreme Judge Maria Lourdes Sereno.

But there are other feelings within the judiciary that her appointment is unnecessary because she would be paid more as a main course and would receive an improved pension package for only two months' service.

If not for this conflict, De Castro seems to have the most nods of approval from within the judiciary compared to the two others on the shortlist, Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin.

Two sources within the judiciary known for their independence guarantee De Castro, with one saying: "Her moral courage has been tested time and time again by her decisions."

A review of important and bank decisions from 2007 would show that De Castro, like Peralta and Bersamin, had a tendency to vote for the executive or politicians.

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When De Castro retires in October, the next 5 higher judges are automatically nominated again.

These are: Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo and Estela Perlas Bernabe.

So it will be a matter of whether Carpio, who is even more senior than De Castro, will accept the nomination. He refused his nomination for the Sereno vacancy because he said he did not want to take advantage of the deposition that he drew.

Carpio and Bersamin will both retire in October 2019. Peralta will retire in March 2022, Del Castillo in July 2019 and Bernabe in May 2022. –

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