Carpio to decline chief justice nomination

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2018 08:47 AM | Updated as of Jun 20 2018 09:21 AM

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MANILA - Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said Wednesday he would decline a nomination to the top magistrate post after he voted against a quo warranto petition to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. 

"On a personal level, because I voted against it, I don’t want to benefit from it so I will decline any nomination…I have to be consistent with my position that the quo warranto was not the proper way to remove a sitting member of the court," he told ANC's Headstart.

Carpio, who is set to retire in 2019, said he does not "hanker for any position at this point."

"If you are a chief justice, you only have one vote, same as a vote of an associate justice. It doesn’t mean that because you’re a chief justice, the other justice will follow you; they will follow you if your ponencia is correct, convincing, powerful," he said.

Carpio voted against the ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice, arguing that impeachment was the only process to remove a Supreme Court official.

He said, however, that Sereno committed culpable violation of the Constitution, an impeachable offense, when she repeatedly failed to submit 10 statements of assets, liabilities and net worth during her application as chief justice.

"What was shown in the records is she did not file her SALNs...she failed to file for several years. It was an intentional non-filing," he noted. 

However, he added that failure to file SALNs can be corrected by simply filing the SALNs. "It is deemed compliance," he said. 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed its May decision to oust Sereno as its chief by granting the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida for failure to file her SALNs for 11 years.