President Rodrigo Du30 said, “My only message to you is that we are all workers of government and so let us work to preserve the nation and to protect the people. Newly-appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin took his oath before the President in Malacañang recently. Bersamin was accompanied by his family at the Heroes Hall. Bongbong Marcos’ supporters are hopeful that with the current development, their votes will finally be counted
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The President Chooses Bersamin Over Carpio
Du30 appointed Bersamin to replace former chief justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, who retired on October 8. Aside from Bersamin, Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando and Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang also took their oaths of office on Tuesday.
Trusting the Wisdom of PDu30
CJ Bersamin said that he trusts the wisdom of a President who is the appointing power. Please accept me, he begs during a flag ceremony at the SC grounds. Bersamin tells employees of the Supreme Court that those who were not there at that time, have reasons why they were absent. He accepts the fact that not all staff agree with the President’s decision.
Not Apologizing for the Appointment
“I know that you have expected maybe another individual to be appointed to this office,” said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, “I am not apologizing for my self, I am not apologizing for the President. I am here because I was appointed.”
Seniority is Not the Case
Bersamin was only the 3rd most senior justice out of the 4 applicants. The time-honored tradition of seniority has never been more pronounced at the High Court. Malacañang explained that Bersamin was considered the most senior because he had served in the judiciary the longest. He has served as a judge since 1986. However, he is not the most senior in the Supreme Court per se.
Bongbong Marcos’ Chance
Bongbong Marcos’ supporters bank on the President’s hand in finally fast-tracking the electoral protest of Marcos against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo. PDu30 has no jurisdiction over the recount proceedings. The only thing he could do is to appoint a fair Supreme Court justice. A CJ that is in line with the ideals of the government. Bersamin’s record shows that he is for the welfare of the country and its people.