Chief Justice De Castro takes oath before Duterte

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 31 2018 08:03 PM

MANILA - Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro took her oath Friday before President Rodrigo Duterte.

Photos shared by Special Assistant to the President Bong Go show De Castro at the Malacañang Palace.

De Castro is Duterte’s first chief justice appointee. The President will make another pick for top magistrate as De Castro will retire on October 8.

Courtesy of Bong Go

She replaced Maria Lourdes Sereno, who was ousted from her post via a quo warranto petition for supposedly failing to declare her wealth in full when she applied for the post. De Castro is considered one of the toughest critics of the ousted magistrate.

Duterte has said he appointed De Castro based on seniority and meritocracy, amid criticisms the appointment was a reward.

De Castro, for her part, asserted her independence from the President. Prior to her appointment and oath-taking Friday, De Castro said she had not met the President yet.