P-Noy names new Chief Justice and first female in position: Lourdes Sereno, who had served as SC associate justice
Gian Geronimo of GMA News Online reports that on Friday, August 24, President Benigno Aquino III chose "Associate Justice Lourdes Sereno as the new chief justice replacing Renato Corona who was convicted by the Senate impeachment court in May (this year)."
The new Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno (Screenshot from an ANC video clip)
The report quoted the statement from the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, which said, "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."
In an InterAksyon.com article written by Chichi Conde noted: "Sereno, 52, is the youngest member of the High Court. She was appointed by President Aquino in August 2010. She will potentially occupy the seat of Chief Justice until the mandatory retirement age of 70, giving her a potential 18-year-term."