SUPREME Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio yesterday bared his “things to do” once he retires from the judiciary.
Carpio will mandatorily retire on October 26 upon reaching the age of 70.
“I will continue with my research. I will continue to write. I will continue to lecture all over the country and also abroad if I get invited. I have several invitations to talk about the West Philippine Sea in Japan and in the US. I have friends researching on the same subject, who are also interested in the same subject and we agree to meet regularly and see how we should proceed from there,” Carpio said in a chance interview.
Asked if he would accept a government position relating to the country’s claim over the disputed maritime areas, Carpio stressed that he doesn’t need an official post to defend Philippine rights in the WPS.
“I am always available to defend our sovereign rights in the WPS. I don’t have to have any formal position. They want my opinion (and) my recommendation, I will give it willingly and gladly,” Carpio said.
The Judicial and Bar Council recently came up with a shortlist of nine candidates for Carpio’s post.
Shortlisted were Court of Appeals Justices Japar Dimaampao, Ramon Garcia, Ricardo Rosario, Jhosep Lopez, Ma. Filomena Singh, Pablito Perez, Manuel Barrios, Edgardo delos Santos.
Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez also made it to the list.
The JBC is the constitutionally-mandated body to screen and vet nominees to key positions in the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman.
Under the 1987 Constitution, President Duterte has 90 days from October 26 within which to appoint Carpio’s replacement.
Former chief justice Artemio Panganiban yesterday disclosed that the Supreme Court has unanimously passed a resolution granting retiring Associate Justice Antonio Carpio the privileges and benefits of a chief justice.
“The Court passed a unanimous resolution with him (Carpio) taking no part, granting him the retirement privileges of a chief justice. I think this is the least the court could do for its esteemed member who faithfully served the longest term 18 years as associate justice,” Panganiban said.
Also, Panganiban divulged that Carpio humbly declined the high court’s traditional retirement ceremony for retiring magistrates, and opted instead for a simple dinner in a hotel.
“Ever true to his innate modesty and humility, he declined the court’s traditional majestic ceremony at its hollowed session hall to honor its retiring magistrates in return for a simple dinner at the Conrad Hotel next Friday,” Panganiban said.