Sereno is 24th Chief Justice

August 24, 2012

President Benigno Aquino III has appointed Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as the 24th Chief Justice of the Philippines, becoming the first woman and second youngest Chief Justice to hold the highest judicial position in the country. Chief Justice Sereno replaces impeached Chief Justice Renato C. Corona who was found guilty in his impeachment trial last May. She was the first appointee of President Aquino in the Supreme Court and at 52 years old will head the judiciary for the next 18 years or until she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70. Sereno is a product of the University of the Philippines College of Law, class of 1984 and holds a degree in economics at the Ateneo de Manila University. She passed the bar examinations in 1984 with a grade of 89.10% and earned a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Michigan Law School. Before she was appointed to the Supreme Court, she served as the Executive Director of the Asian Institute of Management. Chief Justice Sereno was also a legal counselor of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body Secretariat in Geneva and was a Commissioner and Chairman of the steering committee of the Preparatory Commission on the Constitutional Reform where she was the lone female member. She is married to Mario Jose E. Sereno and has two children, Maria Sophia and Jose Lorenzo.

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