MANILA- Lawyer Edgar Aricheta formally assumed his post as the new Supreme Court en banc clerk of court after taking his oath of office before Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio last Thursday.
Aricheta, who obtained 9 votes on Tuesday’s en banc session attended by 14 magistrates, was the most senior candidate to the post and served as clerk of court of the High Court’s First Division, chaired by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who is currently on leave while facing cases seeking her ouster.
He succeeded lawyer Felipa Anama, who retired on Feb. 22.
Aricheta graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University College of Law where he joined the Utopia Fraternity, the same fraternity of the late chief justice Renato Corona.
The other candidates for the post were lawyers Lourdes Perfecto, clerk of court of the Second Division, Wilfredo Lapitan, clerk of court of the Third Division, and Teresita Tuason, assistant clerk of court of the Second Division.
Aricheta now concurrently serves as the clerk of court of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).