MANILA, Philippines - Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is ready for his public interview with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in his bid to be the next Chief Justice.
Speaking with reporters at the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the development of an electronic database for presidential issuances and the Official Gazette at the SC, Carpio said he is not experiencing jitters 6 days before his interview, which will be telecast live for the first time.
Asked about his preparations, Carpio said he is not preparing for the interview, instead, he is focusing on his responsibilities as officer-in-charge of the high court.
"I've just been doing my job and if they ask me questions regarding my work, I will be answering that," he said.
While there were calls from some sectors not to subject the nominees from the high court to the public interviews, Carpio said he saw no problem in submitting to the process.
"That's not a problem," he stressed.
As the most senior magistrate, Carpio was automatically nominated for the post vacated by former Chief Justice Renato Corona. He accepted his nomination on July 2.
Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco, Jr., Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, and Arturo Brion -- also automatically nominated -- are also in the running for the top judicial post.
Associate Justices Roberto Abad and Maria Lourdes Sereno were nominated by several individuals; they accepted the endorsements.
The MOA-signing was also attended by Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning (PCDSPO) Sec. Ricky Carandang and PCDSPO Usec. Manuel Quezon III.
The move to digitize the entire collection of the Official Gazette and all presidential issuances is part of the SC's long-time thrust to computerize its library.
"We are completing our e-lib... [this makes it] easy for judges to research right in their computers," Carpio said.