Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita De Castro declined her nomination to replace Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who will vacate her post in July.
De Castro was endorsed by retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo Brion, who based his recommendation on the former 45-years of government service.
Based on her letter dated May 14 to the Judicial and Bar Council, De Castro admitted that she was ‘moved’ and ‘thankful’ for the nomination.
However, the magistrate insisted that she must decline the recommendation since she wishes to continue serving the Supreme Court until the compulsory retirement age.
De Castro is set to retire from the Supreme Court in October.
Other than De Castro, the candidates for the Ombudsman’s post include Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III, Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., former Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Edilberto Sandoval, Atty. Edna Batacan, and Davao City Regional Trial Court judges Carlos Espero II and Rowen Adlawan.
House Majority leader Rep. Rodolfo Farinas and Solicitor General Jose Calida were also reported to have been nominated but refused their recommendations.