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Duterte says he has chosen next Chief Justice

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President Rodrigo Duterte. (INQUIRER.net file photo)

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night said that he had already chosen a new Supreme Court Chief Justice.

“I have appointed one,” the President told reporters in Bohol. “I have already signed the appointment before I left Manila the other night. So I’ve chosen one already.”

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The President, however, refused to name his latest appointee.

“The office will release the appointment,” he said. “You wait for it, the official announcement.”

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The new chief magistrate will replace former Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who retired in October.

READ: JBC exec: All 5 candidates on Chief Justice shortlist

Included in the shortlist for the top SC post were acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Andres Reyes Jr. /atm

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