President Benigno S. Aquino III congratulates newly sworn Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Punzalan Aranal-Sereno during the oathtaking ceremony at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace on Saturday (August 25). Sereno is the 24th Chief Justice of the High Tribunal and the first woman to assume the post. She earned an Economics degree at the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) and a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of the Philippines (UP). She was President Aquino’s first appointee to the SC and the youngest to be appointed and may also be one of the longest-serving justices with her mandatory retirement on 2030.
Sereno was also congratulated by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima after the former took her oath of office. De Lima also aspired for the top Supreme Court post but failed to make it to the shortlist submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council to the President.