ACTING Chief Justice Antonio Carpio will be retiring with no court backlog after an 18-year stint as Supreme Court magistrate.
“It was a very long journey allowing me to write 935 full-blown decisions, 79 dissenting opinions, 30 concurring opinions, 13 separate opinions, and four concurring and dissenting opinions leaving no backlog,” Carpio said in his farewell message yesterday morning.
He will mandatorily retire on October 26 upon reaching the age of 70.
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 to appoint Carpio’s replacement.