Supreme Court faces credibility issue with De Castro appointment: NUPL

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Posted at Aug 27 2018 05:20 PM

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MANILA - The Supreme Court carries with it questions on its credibility after Teresita Leonardo-De Castro was appointed the chief justice, the chairman of the National Union of People's Lawyers said Monday.

De Castro, the most senior magistrate, was chosen to replace Maria Lourdes Sereno whose appointment was invalidated in May. De Castro is expected to serve only until October 8 when she reaches the mandatory age of retirement of 70.

"We believe that the problem with the Supreme Court now is the credibility and the need to dispel that concept of partiality," NUPL Chairman and former lawmaker Neri Colmenares told ANC's Early Edition.

"The fact that Justice De Castro was chosen, it seems that it’s already pre-concluded by many that whatever case we file against Duterte in the Supreme Court, it will go nowhere," he said.

Colmenares noted that De Castro voted against their group's motions: a protest against imposition of martial law in Mindanao and the burial of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

De Castro and 7 other magistrates voted to oust Sereno for her failure to fully disclose her wealth by granting the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

She and 6 of her peers now face an impeachment complaint before the House of Representatives for culpable violation of the constitution and betrayal of public trust. 

One of them, Associate Justice Samuel Martires, has since been appointed as Ombudsman following the retirement of Conchita Carpio Morales.