De Lima uninterested in typical magistrate position

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima personally did not want to become a Chief Justice as her words declared “Sa mga dati kong posisyon, in my previous posts, I was also not personally interested but if I have to decide on those things then I’ll deeply reflect on that—where can I best serve the public interest, the national interest, the public good.”

Before she became the chairperson of Commission on Human Rights in 2008 and then taking the position of Justice Secretary in 2010, she was an election lawyer.

She was never interested for the Chief Justice position of the Supreme Court  rather she said she would have to think on her position because in accordance with her statements she has a personality that is out of sync with that of a typical magistrate.  

She told in an interview, “A chief justice is passive, seldom seen, seldom heard, only read. Can you imagine Leila de Lima seldom seen and seldom heard?” She added, “Although, I can always adjust to any environment or atmosphere. I can be professional. Pero doon ako nag-aalangan and whether at this point I’m ready to head such a crucial institution such as the Supreme Court.”

Atty. Rogelio C. Limare, Assistant Commissioner of the Civil Service Commission gave the third nomination to De Lima for the top judicial post on Wednesday. According to De Lima, being in the judiciary was like entering a new world.  

On Wednesday, eleven were submitted to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). Out of those eleven, ten have been nominated whereas the remainder one has applied for the position. Of the ten nominees only two confirmed their nomination for the Chief Justice position and they are former University of the Philippines College of Law Dean Raul Pangalangan and Atty. Katrina Legarda.   


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