Newly appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio T. Kho, Jr. (extreme left) joins his colleagues as he attends his first flag-raising ceremony at the Supreme Court grounds in Ermita, Manila. With him are (from right) Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo, Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas- Bernabe, Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier, Justice Henri Jean Paul B. Inting, Justice Rodil V. Zalameda, Justice Mario V. Lopez, Justice Samuel H. Gaerlan, Justice Jhosep Y. Lopez, Justice Japar B. Dimaampao, and Justice Jose Midas P. Marquez. Not in photo are Justice Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa, Justice Ramon Paul H. Hernando, and Justice Ricardo R. Rosario. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)
Justice Kho’s Commitment to the SC. Newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Kho, Jr. has vowed to uphold independence as the 193rd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Addressing the crowd shortly after his first flag-raising ceremony, Justice Kho expressed his gratitude to the President for his appointment to the High Court. “But make no mistake, this outmost appreciation to the President would not in any way hinder my desire to exhibit independence in my work and render justice to all, as I had done as Undersecretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Commissioner of Commission on Elections (COMELEC),” says Justice Kho, adding that he will seek the counsel and advice of his colleagues. He further said: “I promise you all that I will do my best. With my long years in private practice, and stints in the DOJ and COMELEC, I hope to contribute my brand of judicial philosophy, and, hopefully, enrich our jurisprudence.”
Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice and now Philippine Judicial Academy Chancellor Rosmari D. Carandang also spoke after the flag-raising ceremony. “I am honored that I am given the significant task of continuing the academy’s vision of pursuing judicial excellence by upgrading the knowledge, moral fitness, probity, efficiency, and capability of Justices, judges, court personnel, lawyers, and aspirants to judicial posts,” said Chancellor Carandang. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)