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