Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales accepts nomination for Ombudsman

@ANCALERTS reported that Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales has accepted a nomination to be the next Ombudsman.

There are 25 nominees for the vacant position of Ombudsman, including Justice Carpio-Morales and Overall Deputy Ombudsman and now acting Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro. The nominees are selected by the Judicial and Bar Council. Casimiro was nominated by Evangelist Mike Velarde, the Philippine Daily Inquirer wrote. The newspaper added that amongst those nominated were: “Justice Undersecretary Leah Armamento, former Justice Undersecretary Jose Calida, former Solicitor General Francisco Chavez, Alternative Law Group head Marlon Manuel and Free Legal Assistance Group Chairman Jose Manuel Diokno.”

A valedictorian at Paoay Elementary School, as well as Paoay North Institute (her high school), Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales followed those achievements by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1964 at the University of the Philippines. Four years later she received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines, then started working at the Atienza Tabora and Del Rosario Law office.

By 1971 she would begin her government work, joining the Department of Justice as Special Assistant to Justice Secretary Vicente Abad. Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales worked for the Department of Justice for 12 years before taking up a position as presiding judge of the Pili, Camarines Sur Regional Trial Court in 1983, then transferred to the Pasay Regional Trial Court in 1986.

Justice Carpio-Morales was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1994 by President Fidel V. Ramos. On 2 September 2002, she became the 151st member of the Philippine Supreme Court after being appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales also holds the distinction of being the first woman magistrate to administer the Oath of Office to the President of the Republic of the Philippines swearing into Office, President Benigno S. Aquino III.

This is a developing story.

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Photo credit and biography source: via Supreme Court of the Philippines.

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  • J_ag8

    Just an analogy – DS Kahn the present head of the IMF sits in a jail in NYC. A hotel maid reported he had sexually assaulted her. Immediately the police acted and took him off a plane and arrested him merely on alleged charges.

    He was arraigned shortly thereafter and was denied bail. All in a matter of days. The legal system of implementation and enforcement all working without the need for the upper echelons of the legal systems to get involved.

    Some people in France complained at the way this demi-God was paraded in handcuffs and treated like any other individual charged with a crime. If these charges are true the man is obviously a sexual predator and a lunatic. The victim a black woman. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Impunity at its worst.

    Here we pine on our idea of a christ that will ride to our rescue to solve our deeply dysfunctional government and more appropriately legal systems.

    Recently it was revealed how easy it is to smuggle stolen cars and motorcycles from the U.S. into the country without anyone lifting a finger.

    We are a country like Somalia. The rule of law is non-existent for the most part in this un-enchanted kingdom.

    • UP nn grad

      isn’t Presi-Noy’s acclaimed “…daang matuwid” supposed to result in “… law-and-order of 2011 or 2012 … better governance than during GMA’s years”… or is “daang matuwid” just find-them(GMA-BFF’s) and jail them… or at least get the media-spotlights on them with az tax-case or something.

    • Bert

      Analogy? I wonder where it is.

  • UP nn grad

    Same-oh same-oh as GMA, Presi-Noynoy will prefer a candidate who will follow Malacanang’s hints, suggestions and aggressive machinations (threat to fire of deputy ombudsmen) on what should be the prioritie of the Office Of Ombudsman. [I don’t remember GMA (nor Erap nor FVR) threatening to fire any deputy ombudsmen, though. PresiNoynoy is surely aggressor… that’s my opinion.]

    Was Merci because of Merci, because of the JBC or because of Malacanang?