Maria Lourdes Punzalan Aranal-Sereno is the first ever, female Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court. Breaking another tradition in the history of the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino III appointed her on August 24, 2012 making her also the 24th Chief Magistrate of the High Tribunal.
People from now on, will be questioning the President’s decision of appointing her starting from 2012, up to 2030, where she will reach her retirement age of 70. She will be serving to the administration of PNoy and for the next three presidents (she will serve for 18 years and presidency’s term is six years) D’you know what matter’s here the most? Transparency. Those requirements are just for professional purposes, meaning for you to know how to handle the job vested by the President.
The President reiterated that the Supreme Court needs someone to heal its wounds from the past leadership, in which the dignity and the image of the Court was damaged due to questionable decisions. Not to mention the Impeachment Trial of then former Chief Justice Renato Corona.Sereno, who’s 52 years old, has some big shoes to fill in. She will be the second leader of the SC who will be serving the longest, next to the Court’s first CJ, Cayatano Arellano. We might just hope so that Pnoy picked the right one, because if not, then people would be looking forward for another impeachment trial again. (In which i don’t want to, i guess.)
Once again, the Philippines broke another tradition and opened a new door. People are now being optimistic of what is happening to the country, and one of those which the people are optimistic about are the pending judicial cases such as the Maguindanao Massacre, and more, especially the extra-judicial killing cases. We can never know what will happen next. The ball has been passed on to Sereno, that was once handed to Corona, but the people took it away from him. It is time she, as the first woman to hold such high position in the Supreme Court, made the changes that she really said during the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interviews.
P.S. I trust you, CJ Sereno. 🙂