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?