New Chief Justice, ‘Duterte’s disciple’

News Philippines Sep 14, 2018 at 4:12 pm
New Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita  De Castro

New Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita De Castro

“De Castro will have to credibly address uncomplimentary views about her independence and impartiality.”


MANILA — An alliance of civil libertarians said the appointment of Teresita De Castro as Supreme Court Chief Justice “can only erode what remains of the promise of the rule of law and the cause of justice.”

In a statement, the Movement Against Tyranny (MAT) tagged De Castro as President Rodrigo Duterte’s disciple for her track record of deciding in favor of Malacañang.

De Castro was picked by Duterte over Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin as the country’s top magistrate. She will serve as chief justice until her retirement in October this year.

De Castro is one of the associate justices who voted to oust former Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, who was declared by Duterte as his enemy.

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