It looks like the bad blood between Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno and Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is not yet over.
Carpio, the most senior justice of the High Court, resigned as a consultant of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), reportedly because of a shouting incident that happened in December last year.
Carpio is the second consultant to leave the JBC. Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, an ally of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, was sacked by Sereno.
The Manila Times obtained a copy of Carpio’s letter to Sereno dated January 27, 2014, asking that he be replaced as JBC consultant.
Carpio recommended Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro as his replacement.
Sereno, in a memorandum dated January 29, 2014, accepted Carpio’s resignation and installed de Castro as the new JBC consultant.
“In the interest of the service and upon the recommendation of Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro is hereby designated as Consultant of the Judicial and Bar Council, effective 1 February 2014 in place of Justice Carpio. Thus, she is authorized to receive the usual monthly expense allowance, given to previous Consultants who are Associate Justices of the Supreme Court,” Sereno said.
According to a well-placed source, Carpio manifested his disgust with Sereno after the shouting incident, which happened late last year.
The source said Carpio “could no longer stomach Sereno’s leadership” and his resignation was a symbolic protest.
The Times contacted SC spokesman lawyer Theodore Te for reaction but he did not respond.
The Times broke the story that Sereno scolded and shouted at Carpio during their last en banc deliberations in December.
Sereno favored her close friend and ally, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen during their deliberations involving the petition questioning the legality of the Cybercrime law.
Carpio and Leonen were debating on the draft ponencia of Justice Reberto Abad.
While Carpio was speaking, Leonen butted in.
Sereno then shouted at Carpio and ordered him to shut up.