|President Aquino administers the oath of office of Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
MANILA (1st UPDATE) - The new Chief Justice, Maria Lourdes Aranal Sereno, has taken her oath of office before President Aquino in Malacañang a day after the Palace announced her appointment.
Sereno was accompanied by her husband Mario Jose Sereno and children Maria Sophia and Jose Lorenzo.
Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban and other members of Supreme Court attended Sereno's oath-taking, including Associate Justices Martin Villarama, Mariano del Castillo, Bienvenido Reyes, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima congratulated Sereno, giving her a buss on the cheek after the oath-taking.
De Lima said she feels no rancor now even after she was disqualified by the Judicial and Bar Council in the final selection process due to a pending disbarment case against her.
"I congratulated her and I said that the Supreme Court will now be in good hands," de Lima told reporters.
"Her youth and brillance 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 added.
It was also at the Palace where Sereno first took her oath as the President’s first appointee to the Supreme Court in August 2010.
Today, Sereno becomes the first female chief justice of the country.
At the age of 52, Sereno will serve a term of 18 years until her age of retirement at 70.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda earlier said that the President Aquino chose Sereno, believing that she can lead the judiciary in carrying out “much-needed reforms.”
Lacierda added that the judiciary now has a “historic opportunity to restore the people’s confidence in the judicial system.”