MANILA, Philippines - Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has formally accepted his nomination for the position of Chief Justice.
Carpio formally submitted his letter of acceptance to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Monday.
He earlier hinted to reporters that he would accept his nomination.
"I will not turn down any chance or opportunity to lead the Judiciary," he said last Friday.
As the most senior justice of the high tribunal, Carpio is automatically nominated for Chief Justice along with the 4 other most senior justices: Presbitero Velasco, Jr., Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Arturo Brion, and Diosdado Peralta. Of the 5 automatic nominees, Brion has formally accepted his nomination.
In his speech before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Central Luzon regional convention, Carpio taked about the challenges in the judiciary, specifically, on judicial reforms. He stressed that these were his personal thoughts arising from over a decade of service in the judiciary.
He identified problems and priority areas such as clogged court dockets arising from delays in trials and delays in deciding cases; ensuring integrity, independence and accountability of justices and judges; improving court infrastructure; compensation and benefits; administration of trial courts; and training and career path for judges.
Judicial reform is a "work in progress," he stressed, adding that there must be continuity on past initiatives to solve the judiciary's long-standing problems.
"The judiciary must keep on building on past initiatives to address intractable problems as well as emerging ones," he said.
Carpio also stressed the need to involve to involve and seek the cooperation of the executive and legislative departments in the campaign for judicial reforms, adding that judicial reform is too big a program to be undertaken by the judiciary alone.
"All the stakeholders must work earnestly together because a well-functioning judiciary is essential for good governance and for the economic development of our country. Judicial reform is simply too important to fail," he said.