By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.
MANILA (24-Aug-2012/PNA) – President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed on Friday Supreme Court Associate Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno as the 24th Chief Justice of the Republic of the Philippines.
Sereno is the first woman chief magistrate of the highest court of the land and will be the longest-serving one because her term will expire on Aug. 16, 2030.
The appointment of Sereno was confirmed by Executive Secretary Paquino N. Ochoa Jr. in a two-page transmittal letter sent to the SC Clerk of Court on Friday.
Sereno replaced former Chief Justice Renato C. Corona who was impeached and removed from office on May 29, 2012 for culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust.
Sereno was born on July 2, 1960. She was appointed by President Aquino to the SC on Aug. 16, 2010.
She was the first appointee of President Aquino in the Judiciary.
Sereno finished her A.B. from the Ateneo De Manila University in 1980, LL.B. from the University of the Philippines as valedictorian and cum laude in 1984 and LL.M. from the University of Michigan (United States) in 1993.
She was an associate professor of the UP College of Law from 1986 to 2006 and executive director of the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center from 2009 to 2010. (PNA)