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Supreme Court CJ Succession is Like BBM Family’s What’s in the Box Game

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By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 in August said he follows the “seniority” tradition at the high court when he appointed Associate Justice Teresita de Castro as the top magistrate. This was after the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of his predecessor from the opposition. As of November 28, 2018, the Supreme Court Chief Justice position is currently held by Lucas Bersamin. He assumes the post after the mandatory retirement of the shortest CJ, Teresita Leonardo-De Castro in October 2018 after her appointment two months earlier. The Filipino leader might shock the public with his appointees but like BBM’s Family What’s in the Box Game, they are all in line with his intention to revive the golden age era following the unpopularized Marcos blueprint. Should this continue, Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta can be next. z

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[VIDEO]: Now that the boys are home, we’re taking time off to do some fun things at home.

Move Forward with Marcos

It is on record that Peralta said that the country should move forward as he stood firm on the decision of the Supreme Court (SC). This was in allowing the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery. Despite protests from victims of human rights violations during his term, Peralta made the remark in response to the question of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) during the public interview for Chief Justice aspirants on whether the decision has really put closure between the grieving family of Marcos and those injured during the martial law years.

Five Choices for Supreme Court CJ

Five names were included on the shortlist of chief justice aspirants drawn up by the Judicial and Bar Council. Bersamin was a regional trial court judge in 1986 and was appointed as an SC justice in April 2009. Among the list, Bersamin is the third most senior justice in terms of experience at the high court. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, meanwhile, is the most senior justice in the SC where he is serving since 2001. Following him is Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta who was appointed to the SC in January 2009.

Good Friends

Peralta, meanwhile, said de Castro and his friend, Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, are both of them are capable and competent to lead the Supreme Court. Peralta, a former Sandiganbayan presiding justice, was named to the High Court by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Jan. 13, 2009. He served as Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 95 judge from 1994 to 2002. He will retire in March 2022 while Bersamin retires on October 2019.

BBM Family’s What’s in the Box Game

Now that the boys are home for the New Year holidays unlike the Christmas week, they take the time off to do some fun things at home. They take turns in guessing what’s in the box. Oftentimes, they are suspicious, scared, and shocked only to find a friendly item or creature. The same feelings when finding out the controversial Supreme Court CJ appointees of the President. For sure, they indeed have one common denominator.

Securing the Magistrate Post

If President Du30 is true to his words that he wants Bongbong Marcos to take his place, he would make sure to secure the Supreme Court Chief Justice post to be fair to him. Marcos’ VP electoral protest might take a long time. But in the end, the ruling can be influenced by the high court’s leadership.

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Supreme Court Prioritizes Internal Issues Over ‘Ilocos 6’ – Imee Marcos to Find Other Means

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Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro questioned Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s “long delay in the filling up” of key SC positions, the appointment to the Philippine Mediation Center Office, and granting travel allowances to members of her staff for foreign travels minus the approval of the court en banc. Earlier Sereno, Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, and Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr have inhibited from the “Ilocos 6” case. This prompts Governor Imee Marcos to divulge everything in a press conference.






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[VIDEO]: Congressmen should be the foremost advocates of the rule of law by respecting the authority of the Court of Appeals (CA) to provide legal relief to the so-called “Ilocos Six” officials who were cited in the contempt by the lawmakers, the former head of the country’s biggest voluntary association of lawyers said Tuesday.



Supreme Court Issues

De Castro points out that under Administrative Order No. 33-2008, the full court appoints the PMCO chief, upon the recommendation of Philja. However, Sereno appoints Atty. Brenda Jay A. Mendoza to the post without Philja’s recommendation. On another matter, official foreign travels by court officials and personnel need the court en banc’s approval for travel allowances. However, the Chief Justice granted OCJ staff’s foreign travel allowances without court approval.




Cruel Dealings

Bongbong Marcos thinks that the dealings of the Congress with the “Ilocos 6” are cruel. It’s also beyond words how they threaten to detain the governor. Perhaps, the best thing to do now is to let the House arrest Marcos from her territory. It is not advisable at all to attend to any hearing anymore when you are not given the benefit of the doubt.




Unfinished Business with Ilocos 6

Sereno and Reyes previously issued a joint statement to urge the House committee on good government and public accountability to recall the show cause order it issued against the 3 CA justices from the Special 4th Division. It issued a ruling ordering the House panel to provisionally release the 6 Ilocos Norte officials. However, since 3 justices including Sereno already inhibits the case, the process stops.









Marcos’ Next Step

While the Marcoses exhaust other legal means, Gov. Marcos divulged that the original documents were turned over to COA but it lost them. The Ilocos Norte government said the “Ilocos 6” had “requested to see the original documents before testifying, lest they commit perjury by giving sworn statements based on possible falsified photocopied documents. Marcos cited an affidavit by COA janitor, Pedro Gorospe Jr., an employee of the provincial treasury who was recently assigned to the provincial jail. He confessed that he was compelled to steal the documents by Cynthia Gorospe. She is an employee and coordinator of Congressman Fariñas but she denied the acusation.