Sereno Appointed As New Chief Justice

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday has chosen Associate Justice Lourdes Sereno as the 24th chief justice replacing Renato Corona who was convicted by the Senate impeachment court in May.

Chief Justice Ma Lourdes Sereno is the Philippines First Woman Chief Justice. She will be serving as Chief Justice for 18 years.

The document above certifies the appointment of Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

Sereno, 51, is the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. She was appointed as Associate Justice to the court in August 2010, and was the youngest to be appointed to the court in this century.

Sereno graduated valedictorian from the UP College of Law in 1984. She worked as professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law for nearly 20 years. She likewise served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and helped bring about the organizational plans for the Commission.

Sereno received in 1992 a De Witte Fellowship and a Ford-Rockefeller Scholarship to pursue her Masters of Laws at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

“The President is confident that Chief Justice Sereno will lead the judiciary in undertaking much-needed reforms. We believe the Judicial Branch of government has a historic opportunity to restore our people’s confidence in the judicial system,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

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