Sereno a year after: ‘Rookie mistakes’

18 years. President Aquino and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno after her oath-taking on Aug 25, 2012. File photo by EPA

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is “both an insider and outsider” in the Supreme Court. And as it turns out, this was a double-edged sword. One year into her term as chief justice, Sereno, the first junior justice to be appointed to lead the Court, is continuing earlier reforms in the institution, but it is far from easy. The pace has been slow as she wades through difficult terrain in the hierarchy-steeped Court, meeting up with strong resistance from some of her colleagues. One observer describes Sereno’s mishaps as “rookie mistakes” and that “time is on her side.”

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