The Philippines now have its first ever lady Chief Magistrate, Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Today, President Ninoy Aquino administered the oath to Sereno. Sereno will have 18 years as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court before reaching the mandatory retirement age. She’ll be serving four Presidents: Aquino, the winners of presidential elections in 2016, 2022 and 2028. This would make her as the second justice with the longest years of appointment in the SC. Former Chief Justice Cayetano Arellano had 18 years and 9 months in the position.
There are about 22 nominees for the position of Supreme Court Chief Justice. The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) is currently on marathon interviews for the short list. This was triggered by the conviction and removal of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. The short list will be submitted to the President. The Chief Executive would have no other choice but to pick the next Chief Magistrate from the short list. Roberto Afan Abad, 68 Juan Andres Donato Bautista, 48 Arturo Dizon Brion, 65 Soledad Manteroso Cagampang-De Castro, 67 Antonio Tirol Carpio, 62 Teresita Leonardo De Castro, 63 Leila Norma Eulalia Josefa Magistrado De Lima, 53 Jose Manuel Icasiano Diokno, 50…