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Inunahan na si De Castro! Ted Te resigns as SC spokesman

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Theodore Te has resigned as the Supreme Court’s Chief Public Information Officer and Assistant Court Administrator.

Te informed Chief Justice Teresita De Castro of his irrevocable resignation in a letter dated August 29. His last day will be on September 7.

In his letter, Te said he will be returning to a “full-time academic life.”

“I respectfully believe that I would be of greater value to the judiciary and the Court in the academic world at this time,” he said.

Te was a professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law until 2013, when he was appointed to the Supreme Court by ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

His term was coterminous with the Chief Justice, but it was extended pending the appointment of a new Supreme Court spokesperson.

Te said De Castro, who is set to retire in October, “should be given a free hand to craft your own media policies and to appoint a person whom your Honor believes could best implement those policies.”

“It has been a pleasure to have served on three committees which Your Honor has led during my tenure as Chief of the Public Information Office. May I respectfully offer my every good wish for your and the Court’s success,” he told the Chief Justice.

In May, Te tweeted, “I dissent!” following the Supreme Court’s ouster of Sereno by granting the quo warranto petition filed against her.

His opinion echoed the stand of legal groups which believed that Sereno should not have been ousted through a quo warranto petition, but in an impeachment trial.