Theodore “Ted” Te is leaving his position as Supreme Court spokesperson to return to the academic world. His resignation as the chief public information officer and assistant court administrator of the Supreme Court comes 3 months after the ousting of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Te, who served as Sereno’s spokesman, tweeted “I dissent” on May 11 immediately after the removal of Sereno via an unprecedented “quo warranto” proceeding. Te is co-terminus with the ousted CJ Sereno, and has served as the SC spokesperson since 2013.
Te tendered his irrevocable resignation to the newly-appointed Chief Justice Terestia Leonardo De Castro through a letter dated August 29. De Castro has accepted his resignation.
The last day Te will serve the SC will be September 7. Atty. Ma. Gleoresty Guerra, Deputy Chief of the high court’s Public Information Office, will step in as acting spokesperson when Te steps down.
Te has expressed that his plans after the SC will be to return to the academic life. He and Sereno were both professors in the University of the Philippines College of Law.
“I am returning to full-time academic life, which I had put on hold starting 2013 to be able to serve the judiciary and the Supreme Court. I respectfully believe that I would be of greater value to the judiciary and the Court in the academic world at this time,” read Te’s resignation letter.
“It has been a pleasure to have served on 3 committees which Your Honor has led during my tenure as chief of the Public Information Office. May I respectfully offer my every good wish for your and the Court’s success,” he added.