Ag. Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio

Acting Chief Justice

Supreme Court of the Philippines

Born in Davao City, Philippines, Justice Antonio T. Carpio was sworn in as a member of the Supreme Court on October 26, 2001. Justice Carpio obtained his law degree from the College of Law of the University of the Philippines where he graduated valedictorian and cum laude in 1975. He placed sixth in the 1975 Bar Examinations. Fresh out of law school, Justice Carpio went into private practice and founded the Carpio Villaraza and Cruz Law firm. He was a Professorial Lecturer of the U.P. College of Law from 1983 until 1992 when he was appointed Chief Presidential Legal Counsel with cabinet rank, Office of the President of the Philippines.

Justice Carpio was a member of the Technology Transfer Board of the Department of Industry from 1978 to 1979. He served as Special Representative of the Department of Trade for textile negotiations from 1980 to 1981. He was the President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Pasay-Makati Chapter from 1985 to 1986. He was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines from 1993 to 1998. In 1991, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Law from the Ateneo de Manila Alumni Association, while in 1998, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit by then President Fidel Ramos. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ateneo de Davao Alumn Association. In 2009, he was conferred a Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa, by the Ateneo de Davao University. In 2015, he was named an Outstanding Alumnus in Public International Law by the UP Alumni Association and on August 18, 2017, he was awarded as one of the UPAA Most Distinguished Alumni. In 2015, he received a sponsorship from the Department of Foreign Affairs for a world lecture tour on the West Philippine Sea dispute. In May 2017, he published the book titled “The South China Sea Dispute: Philippine Sovereign Rights and Jurisdiction in the West Philippine Sea.”

At present, Justice Carpio is the Acting Chief Justice, Chair of the Second Division and Chair of the Senate Electoral Tribunal.