Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has declined his nomination as associate justice of the Supreme Court that will be vacated by Associate Justice Jose Reyes when he reaches his mandatory retirement age of 70 on Sept. 18, 2020.
In his June 4 letter to retired Sandemanian Associate Justice Raoul V. Victorino, Guevarra thanked the retired anti-graft court magistrate for nominating him to the forthcoming vacancy at the 15-member bench, but he told him “with utmost regret that I respectfully decline your nomination.”
“It is the dream of many lawyers to reach the pinnacle of their legal career by getting appointed to and serving in the highest court of the land. Your nomination has again opened a path for me to pursue this dream, and this may very well be my last chance to go for it, considering the new rules on appointment to the Supreme Court adopted recently by the Judicial and Bar Council, of which I myself am a member,” Guevarra said.
“It is unfortunate, however, that this opportunity has come at a time when my services as Secretary of the Department of Justice are most needed,” he said, in justifying why he has to decline the nomination