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Short but sweet

Maverick Pesigan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 30 2018 04:53 PM

Short but sweet

Although Teresita Leonardo-De Castro will only be Chief Justice for less than 2 months, her appointment is significant for several reasons: 

1) Legally, she is now the first woman head of the judiciary after her predecessor Maria Lourdes Sereno's appointment by former Pres. Noynoy Aquino was invalidated by 8 of her peers, including Leonardo-De Castro, via a quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida; 

2) it restores the principle of appointment based on seniority, which is favored by career personnel in the judiciary; 

3) After she retires on October 8, she gets a higher pension and her retirement benefits will be based on her salary as chief justice, no longer as associate justice. 

So, who's next?