Sereno will take over the seat vacated by Renato Corona, who was impeached last May 29, 2012 after he allegedly failed to declare assets and funds in bank accounts.
The new Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who just turned 52 years old, is the first Supreme Court Associate Justice appointed by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Sereno was appointed the new Chief Justice today, August 24, 2012.
Below is the official statement of the Presidential Spokesperson on the new Chief Justice in the Philippines: (you can find the original text at the Official Gazette)
Statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda:
On the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
[August 24, 2012]
In the midst of this period of deep mourning for the loss of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, the President is cognizant of his constitutional duty to appoint the next Chief Justice of the Philippines. He has therefore decided to appoint Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Punzalan Aranal-Sereno as the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
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.