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MANILA, Philippines – How did Justice Secretary Leila de Lima feel when the new chief justice, Maria Lourdes Sereno, took her oath on Saturday, August 25?
“No rancor,” said De Lima, who congratulated the Philippines’ first female chief justice.
She could have been the one appointed to that post since she was reportedly President Benigno Aquino III’s top pick.
But de Lima said the Supreme Court is “in good hands” under Sereno’s leadership.
“Her youth, her dynamism, and her brilliance would go a long way in ensuring that we can look forward to a judiciary that would be worthy of the people’s trust,” de Lima said in an interview after Sereno took her oath.
De Lima was disqualified from the race for the highest judicial position in the country due to pending disbarment cases against her.
Sereno, 52, will serve as chief magistrate for 18 years. She assumed office with a promise to reform the judiciary from within. – Rappler.com