Midas Marquez back as SC spokesperson


Posted at Dec 03 2018 12:07 PM | Updated as of Dec 04 2018 08:53 AM

MANILA - (UPDATE/CORRECTION) Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez is returning to his old post as Supreme Court spokesman, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin said Monday.

Marquez, who served as spokesman under former Chief Justice Renato Corona, was informed of his appointment early Monday, said his executive assistant, Bebing Medina.

The SC administrator was shortlisted for the associate justice vacancy, which went to former Court of Appeals Associate Justice Ramon Hernando.

President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio opposed Marquez's bid for the magistrate spot over his alleged efforts to have a disbarment case against her withdrawn to obtain favor in the Supreme Court appointment.

Marquez served as court administrator, spokesman and Public Information Office chief under Corona, who was ousted in an impeachment trial at the Senate in 2012. Corona died in 2016.

He holds the record as the longest-serving SC Court Administrator.

The high court on Monday also announced a reorganization, placing Bersamin as 1st division lead, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio as 2nd division lead, and Justice Diosdado Peralta as 3rd division lead.

Carandang will be an additional member of the third division, balancing the number of members to 4 in each division. 

Associate Justices Carpio, Mariano del Castillo and Marvic Leonen were designated as regular members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

Associate Justices Peralta, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Francis Jardeleza will represent the Supreme Court in the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal.

The high court also reorganized its en banc and division raffle committees.

--report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

An earlier version of this story said Marquez lost the Supreme Court Associate Justice race to Court of Appeals Justice Rosmari Carandang. He actually applied for post vacated by retired Associate Justice Samuel Martires, who was appointed Ombudsman, and lost to CA Justice Ramon Hernando. We regret the error.