Manila, Philippines – The weeks-long “wellness leave” of embattled Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo is a “prelude” to his move to bid goodbye to the Judiciary to spare himself from being impeached over accusations of plagiarism, a highly reliable source disclosed yesterday.
The 62-year SC magistrate, who may soon face the Senate Impeachment Court after the House Committee on Justice declared the ouster complaint lodged against him as having “sufficient grounds,” is bent on retiring to avoid the difficulties of facing the Senate Impeachment Court.
“Del Castillo will take a leave of absence next week due to health reasons, but it is a prelude to his early retirement,” according to the source.
Del Castillo was earlier mulling to resign so as not to experience the fate of his close friend, Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, who is on trial in the Senate since January 16 due to charges of betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of Constitution, and graft and corruption. (Charissa M. Luci)