Carpio ready to become CJ after Teresita

EXCLUSIVE VIA THE STAR: With the seniority rule restored in the appointment of the chief justice, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is now willing to vie for the top judicial post next month when the current chief magistrate ends her barely two-month stint.

President Duterte said his appointment of De Castro was based on seniority and meritocracy, and that Carpio was not considered since “he stated publicly that he’s not going to accept.”

But this time, the unimpeachable source said Carpio could now accept his automatic nomination “because there is no longer a delicadeza issue or legal reason to decline.”


WHO IS CARPIO? Antonio Tirol Carpio is an incumbent Senior Associate Justice and acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, following Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's ouster by quo warranto that voided her appointment as illegal and declared her term of office as de facto tenure. He was sworn in as member of the High Court by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on October 26, 2001.

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