Antonio Carpio

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Antonio Carpio
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Assumed office
October 26, 2001
Appointed by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by Minerva Gonzaga-Reyes
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
In office
May 29, 2012 – August 25, 2012
Appointed by Benigno Aquino III
Preceded by Renato Corona
Succeeded by Maria Lourdes Sereno
Personal details
Born (1949-10-26) October 26, 1949 (age 65)
Davao City, Philippines
Alma mater Ateneo de Manila University
University of the Philippines, Diliman

Antonio Tirol Carpio (born October 26, 1949) is an incumbent Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He was appointed to the Court by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and assumed office on October 26, 2001, his 52nd birthday.


Born in Davao City, Carpio finished grade school and high school at the Ateneo de Davao University. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University, and his law degree from the University of the Philippines. He went into private practice and soon emerged as one of the more prominent and successful legal practitioners in the country. Carpio also taught law subjects at the U.P. College of Law from 1983 to 1992.

In 1992, he joined the administration of President Fidel Ramos as Chief Presidential Legal Counsel of the Office of the President. During the presidency of Joseph Estrada, Carpio returned to private practice and penned a regular opinion column published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Carpio was the first appointee of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the Supreme Court of the Philippines after her assumption into office in January 2001. At 52, he was one of the youngest ever appointees to the Supreme Court, the youngest Justice since Claudio Teehankee, Sr. was appointed at the age of 50 in 1968.

Office of Antonio T. Carpio, new Supreme Court of the Philippines building.
Chambers of Carpio.

As of December 2009, as Senior Associate Justice, Carpio is chairperson of the Court's Second Division. He also chairs the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

Being the Senior Associate Justice, he assumed the post as the Acting Chief Justice in May 29, 2012 until the President will appoint a new chief justice coming from the list of candidates released by the Judicial and Bar Council although he is a prospect of being the new Chief Justice.[1] He assumed the post after his predecessor, Renato Corona was convicted by the Senate Impeachment court for his failure to disclose in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth, dollar accounts that led to his removal in office, a penalty authorized by the 1987 Constitution[2]

Carpio is married to Ruth Nguyen and they have 2 children. Former Supreme Court Justice and now-Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales[3] is his cousin.

Notable opinions[edit]


  1. ^ Carpio is acting chief justice while Aquino searches for Corona replacement | GMA News Online | The Go-To Site for Filipinos Everywhere. (2012-05-30). Retrieved on 2012-07-15.
  2. ^ Senate convicts Corona 20-3. Retrieved on 2012-07-15.
  3. ^ Requejo, Rey E. (30 May 2012). "Carpio to serve as acting chief justice". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Minerva Gonzaga-Reyes
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Preceded by
Renato Corona
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Succeeded by
Maria Lourdes Sereno