Weeks after getting the shortlist for the next Chief Justice from the JBC (Judicial and Bar Council), President Benigno Aquino III finally decided today on who will be the next chief magistrate of the land. And among the 8 shortlisted candidates, President Aquino appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno to be our next chief justice. She became the 24th Chief Justice of the Philippines following the impeachment and conviction of former Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Her appointment sets history in Philippine Judiciary as she became the first woman Chief Justice of the Philipines. According to Malacañang Spokeperson Atty. Edwin lacierda, the president believes that Sereno has the quality to continue and pursue reforms in the judiciary.
Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno is the 1st appointee of President Noynoy Aquino in the Supreme Court. She is 52 years old and is expected to lead the Supreme Court for 18 years before she retire at the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Meanwhile, in an interview following the announcement of her appointment, the new Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno promised the Filipino people that she will faithfully keep her oath of office until the end of her term. She also thanked the President for the trust he has given her to be the new Chief Justice of the country.
- Sereno named as new Chief Justice (newsinfo.inquirer.net)