- SC Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro was nominated as the next Ombudsman to replace Conchita Carpio Morales
- De Castro’s 45 years of service in the government is a qualification, according to a nomination letter
- The application period for those aspiring to succeed Morales in the Office of the Ombudsman is until May 15
Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro has been nominated as the next Ombudsman to replace Conchita Carpio Morales, who will be retiring in July.
Retired SC associate justice Arturo Brion sent his nomination letter to the Judicial and Bar Council on May 3, 2018; citing De Castro’s 45 years of service in the government as a qualification.
“Through all these years, she has served the government with competence, probity and integrity… Her long years in the prosecutorial service (almost 19 years) and the Sandiganbayan (more than 10 years), not to mention her more than a decade of experience as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, fully qualify her for the position of Ombudsman,” Brion said in the letter.
However, it wasn’t clear if De Castro has accepted the nomination, and as a matter of fact, she plans to retire in October.
According to her profile on the SC website, De Castro is an alumna of the University of the Philippines, where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Law degrees in 1968 and 1972, respectively.
De Castro was a law clerk in the Supreme Court’s Office of the Clerk of Court in 1973, moved to the Department of Justice in 1978, and rose from the ranks before becoming Assistant Chief State Counsel in 1997.
She was appointed associate justice of Sandiganbayan in September 1997 and became its presiding justice in December 2014.
She was also president of the International Association of Women Judges from 2014-2016.
She is the current president of the Philippine Women Judges Association.
De Castro was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Merit in 1998, and of the Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Reform Award in 2005.
The application period for aspiring to succeed Conchita Morales in the Office of the Ombudsman is until May 15.