‘Strong voice for justice, rule of law’: Sung Kim lauds Carpio on retirement


Posted at Oct 25 2019 06:26 PM

Former Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is one of the longest-serving associate justices in history. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—The US ambassador to the Philippines on Friday said it was an "honor" working with former Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who is due to retire.

Carpio, who will officially retire on Sunday, spent 18 years in the Supreme Court with a record of 935 full-blown long decisions, 79 dissenting opinions, 30 concurring opinions, 13 separate opinions and 4 concurring and dissenting opinions, with no backlog.

Carpio is one of the longest-serving associate justices in history.

In 2011, he wrote the decision upholding the Philippine Baselines Law as being consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which paved the way for the South China Sea arbitral ruling.

He is best known for his advocacy in fighting for Philippine interests in the West Philippine Sea.

Carpio also penned the decision upholding the plunder charge against former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and voted to strike down the Priority Development Assistant Fund, and the condonation doctrine, which considers the elective officials’ reelection as the public’s forgiveness of their faults or misconduct.

He also opposed the rulings that allowed former President Joseph Estrada to run for public office, acquitted Arroyo of plunder, granted former senator Juan Ponce Enrile's plea to post bail, and allowed Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani.

—Report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News