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Peña opposing
Carpio as chief justice

Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña has filed a formal opposition to  the appointment of Justice AntonioCarpio to the position of Chief Justice before the Judicial and Bar Council.

In a letter-opposition, a copy of which was furnished the media, Peña reiterated before the JBC Council his vehement opposition to Carpio’s  appointment,citing as ground that he is “morally/ethically unfit for the position of Chief Justice” based on his own personal knowledge and experience with themagistrate.

He said the basis of his opposition is that a Resolution dated Nov. 13, 2002 in G.R. 145817 and 145822, penned by Justice Carpio, when released, became “Granted” from being only “Noted” by the members of the SC First Division under suspect circumstances, a press release from his office said.

      Thecontroversial SC Resolution dated Nov. 13,  2002 was issued onNov. 19,  2002 by the SC First Division, or more than twoweeks after the period for redemption of the auctioned Urban Bank Condo Units had expired, but in view of such unimaginable maneuverings, it resulted in the suspension of the redemption period thereby stopping the consolidation of ownership by Peña and other successful bidders of the abovementioned properties of Urban Bank, Peña said in the press release.

      On May  16, 2012, it added, after Peña filed his administrative complaint against Justices Carpio and Sereno before the SC Committee on Ethical Standards, the Supreme Court, disbarred him.

The move of Peña to expose some anomalies committed before the Supreme Court at his expense, and even being stripped of his title as a member of the Bar, clearly elucidates his advocacy to clean up the judiciary, his press release also said.

It added that the opposition to the appointment of Carpio to the position of Chief Justice is his noble act to clear the bench of someone who is not only ethically unfit for the position, but who will abuse the same for personal agenda to the detriment of the Justice System.

The press release also said that  it is Peña’s hope that the appointing authority would not turn a blind eye on his advocacy.*

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