Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Duterte Court

See - https://www.rappler.com/nation/208425-supreme-court-justices-duterte-appointees
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By 2022, Supreme Court filled with Duterte appointees
Here's how the composition of the Philippines' top court would look like by the time President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends
Lian Buan
Published 9:16 AM, July 30, 2018

It will be a Duterte-packed court by the time the President ends his term in 2022. Of the 15 sitting Supreme Court (SC) justices by then, a total of 13 would be his appointees.

After 4 previous appointments to the High Court in 2017 – Samuel Martires (March 2, 2017), Noel Tijam (March 8, 2017), Andres Reyes (July 13, 2017), and Alexander Gesmundo (August 14, 2017) – President Rodrigo Duterte is filling up 4 more vacancies by the end of 2018, and an additional 5 by the end of 2019.

Associate Justice Andres Reyes is retiring in 2020, while Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Estela Perlas Bernabe are retiring in 2022, opening up the High Court to possibly even more Duterte appointees.

By 2022, only two – Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa – would be non-Duterte appointees. The two were appointed by former president Benigno Aquino III.

But that's barring resignation, impeachment, quo warranto ouster, or anything which could lead to Leonen's or Caguioa's removal. Ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was supposed to end her term in 2030, but her removal via the unprecedented quo warranto opened up another vacancy for a Duterte appointee.

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