Teddy Boy Locsin nominated for chief justice

MANILA, Philippines -  The former press secretary of the late President Corazon Aquino was nominated to replace dismissed chief justice Renato Corona on Thursday, June 14.

Teodoro "Teddy Boy" Locsin Jr, who served as Aquino's speechwriter and presidential legal counsel, was recommended for the post by lawyer Brigido Dulay and Jonathan De La Cruz, president of the ABAKADA partylist group and convenor of the Clean Hands Movement.

Dulay and De La Cruz said Locsin's "three-decade career" as a lawyer, journalist, Cabinet member and lawmaker has "equipped him with a wide range of experience in nearly every area of law and uniquely qualifies him for this position."

Locsin worked as an editorial writer for the Philippine Free Press from 1967 to 1972 and was the publisher of the newspapers The Daily Globe and Today.

He currently hosts "TEDitorial," a segment in the news program "The World Tonight" which airs on the ABS-CBN News Channel.

Locsin was a candidate for associate justice in the Supreme Court in 2009, but was not appointed.

He is the 12th SC "outsider" to be nominated for the chief justice position. The others include former Solicitor-General Francisco "Frank" Chavez, Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim HenaresJustice Secretary Leila de Lima, incumbent Solicitor-General Francis Jardeleza, University of the Philippines professors Rafael Morales and Katrina Legarda, former UP law dean Raul Pangalangan, former Ateneo law dean Cesar Villanueva, laywer Nepomuceno Aparis, reitred judge Manuel Siayngco, and former assistant provincial prosecutor Cesar Sasondoncillo.

Legarda and Pangalangan have accepted their nominations.

The only applicant for the highest judiciary post is a certain teacher and nurse, Jocelyn Esquivel.

Meanwhile, automatically nominated are the 5 most senior justices of the SC: Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Arturo Brion, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta and Presbitero Velasco Jr.

The Judicial and Bar Council will accept applications and nominations for the post vacated by Corona until June 18. Corona was found guilty by the impeachment court of violating the Constitution and betraying public trust after he failed to declare P183 million in peso and dollar bank deposits in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth. - Rappler.com

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