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Maria Lourdes Sereno is the new SC Chief Justice, as appointed by President Noynoy Aquino

By on Aug 24, 2012 in Asia, Local, Politics Comments

Manila, Philippines – Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Punzalan Aranal-Sereno is the new Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice, as appointed by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (PNoy) on Friday, August 24, 2012, replacing Renato Corona, who was impeached last May 29, via majority of senators’ vote.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
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According to a press release by the Office of the President on its official website that day, President Noynoy Aquino appointed Maria Lourdes Sereno as the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. She is the first female Chief Justice, and the youngest to to be appointed to the court in this century at the age of 52.

“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 was quoted at

As noted in the report, Sereno graduated valedictorian from the UP College of Law in 1984 and worked as professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law for almost 20 years, and served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights.

Serano, born on July 2, 1960 in Manila, was one of the eight Chief Justice nominees submitted by the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) to President Aquino last week, along with acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Roberto Abad, Arturo Brion, and Teresita De Castro.

The three other nominees were Solicitor-General Francis Jardeleza, Ateneo De Manila University Law Dean Cesar Villanueva, and former Executive Secretary Ronaldo Zamora; with Sereno being one of PNoy’s three appointees to the Supreme Court, along with Associate Justices Bienvenido Reyes and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.

“I would like to assure our countrymen that I will keep my oath of office faithfully until the end of my term. That is something that we can rely on. I would like to thank the president for the trust that he has reposed in me,” Sereno told local reporters at the Supreme Court after she was announced as the new Chief Justice.

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