JBC to search for Sereno replacement

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 03 2012 04:36 PM | Updated as of Sep 04 2012 04:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will cause the publication of the vacancy of the seat left vacant by newly appointed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on September 5.

Thereafter, the period of application for the Associate Justice post will begin, and the subsequent screening process.

Sereno is the first appointee of President Benigno Aquino III to the Supreme Court, filling up the vacancy created by the appointment of Associate Justice Renato Corona as Chief Justice.

She made history by being the first woman chief justice after Corona was removed from office through impeachment.

Sereno, 52, can stay at her post until she reaches the retirement age of 70, making her 18-year term as the second longest in the country's history.

The longest on record is the country's first Chief Justice, Cayetano Arellano, who stayed as chief magistrate from June 1, 1901 to April 1, 1920.