Lucas Bersamin is the new Chief Justice of the Philippines

  • President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen Supreme Court Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin as the new chief justice
  • Bersamin is the third most senior high court justice on JBC’s shortlist
  • Duterte said among his considerations in choosing a new CJ is seniority
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President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen the third most senior sitting high court magistrate on the Judicial and Bar Council’s (JBC) shortlist — Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin — to become the next chief justice of the country.

To note, the chief executive announced on Tuesday that he has already chosen a new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) and even signed the appointment papers, but did not reveal the name.

The Inquirer quoted the chief executive saying, “I have appointed one, I have already signed the appointment before I left Manila the other night. So I’ve chosen one already.

“The office will release the appointment then you will see that there is a name there, which says that si Justice of… huwag na lang. You wait for it, the official announcement.”

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According to an ABS-CBN News story, the leader picked the new SC head from the nominees submitted by the JBC with seniority as among his considerations.

“Yes sabi ko seniority, but you know binigyan ako ng lima.” [Yes, I said seniority, but you know, they gave me five.]

The candidates then as per JBC’s shortlist for the post are SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Andres Reyes Jr.

Carpio, 68, is the most senior sitting magistrate in the SC among the candidates; while the most senior SC justice in the judiciary is Bersamin, 69.

The new SC head will replace Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who retired in October.

Bersamin will retire on October 18, 2019.

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