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Bersamin accepts nomination for Chief Justice

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Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin is making another run for the high tribunal’s top post.

Bersamin has already accepted his automatic nomination for the position of chief justice after the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) opened applications on Oct. 1.

By tradition, senior magistrates of the SC are automatically nominated for the post of chief justice but will have to accept the automatic nomination before being named as candidate.

So far, Bersamin is the first one to accept the automatic nomination among his colleagues.

Following the removal of ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Bersamin got selected in the shortlist for the post.

However, President Rodrigo Duterte picked for the post Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro is set to retire this Oct. 10.