Despite being repeatedly bypassed, Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will still be considered a chief justice of the high tribunal.
Retired chief justice Artemio Panganiban pointed this out before Carpio during a testimonial event in Makati City held in honor of the magistrate on Friday (Oct. 18).
“Regardless of the unceremonious way he was deprived of the official and legal title of chief justice, the filipino nation represented by all of us gathered in this hall, hereby proclaim and acclaim as our esteemed and beloved cj,” Panganiban said.
Panganiban noted that Carpio is among the longest serving justice at the high tribunal.
Despite this, Panganiban lamented Carpio got snubbed five times when he applied for the position of chief justice.
“The court nonetheless passed a unanimous resolution, with him taking no part, granting him the retirement privileges of a chief justice,” Panganiban disclosed.
“I think this is the least the court could do for its esteemed member who faithfully served the longest term, 18 years as AJ second only to its first CJ Cayetano Arellano who served for 19 years from 1901 to 1920,” he pointed out.