Carpio seeks SC job but …

Most senior SC justice won’t take it from Arroyo

MANILA, Philippines—He is interested in being Chief Justice all right, but will consent to be appointed only by the country’s next President and not by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In a Jan. 26 letter to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said he was interested in being considered for nomination as Chief Justice, but “on the understanding” that the JBC submits his nomination only to the next President.

Carpio’s opinion that the next Chief Justice should be appointed by Ms Arroyo’s successor adds to the many issues being debated on the appointment of Chief Justice Reynato Puno’s successor.

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