VP Leni-lawyer Macalintal okays de Castro as CJ; "Duterte's appointment of new SC head NOT bayad-utang"

NEWS BY PNA: An election lawyer on Monday backed President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to appoint Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro as the new top magistrate of the Supreme Court (SC).

“It is indeed very gratifying to learn from Malacanang that the appointment of Teresita De Castro as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court “was due to seniority rule” (and) that President Duterte upheld judicial professionalism by appointing her being the most senior aspirant,” lawyer Romulo Macalintal said in a statement.

Duterte defended de Castro's appointment, stating that whoever comes first should get the promotion and it will be the same for all justices, unless they refuse or opt to retire.

Macalintal, who heads the legal team of Vice President Leni Robredo, also said it is unfair to insinuate that de Castro's appointment as Chief Justice was a “reward” for allegedly helping the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through quo warranto proceedings.

He said the 69-year-old lady magistrate possesses all the qualifications as provided for by the Constitution.
De Castro bested her two colleagues, Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin, both of whom also voted for the ouster of Sereno.

She has barely two months to serve as Chief Justice as she will be retiring from the judiciary upon turning 70 in October.

With the retirement of de Castro, the five most senior justices of the High Court would be Peralta, Bersamin, Antonio Carpio, Mariano del Castillo, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.

SOURCE: Macalintal on de Castro as CJ: 'Judicial professionalism upheld' By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan; August 27, 2018, 8:02 pm; www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1046081

WHO IS MACALINTAL? Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal is one of the very few election law practitioners in the country. Oftentimes, he serves as a resource person in various radio and television programs before, during and after the election or every time there is a need to clarify or explain conflicting electoral issues or problems. At present, he is the most visible and sought-after election lawyer by the different media of mass communication in connection with the May 10, 2004 elections. Romy, as he is fondly called by his friends, passed the 1978 BAR examinations with a rating of 83.1%. He took up his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of the East, College of Law. SOURCE: pupalumnews.weebly.com/home/atty-romulo-macalintal

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