Sereno appeals to public to give her a chance to lead the Judiciary

August 29, 2012 10:19 pm 

MANILA, Aug. 29 — Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno Wednesday appealed to the public to give her the chance to lead the Judiciary.

"I, therefore, ask for help from the Filipino people to give the Judiciary room to undertake the process of reflections and to allow the Chief Justice to lead in that process," Sereno told the 23rd Annual Presidents of Law Associations in Asia (POLA) Conference at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City.

Sereno was appointed by President Benigno S. Aquino III as the Philippines' 24th Chief Justice last Friday.

She took her oath of office before Aquino at the Malacanang Palace last weekend.

Sereno is the first ever woman SC Chief Justice and will be the longest-serving one because her term will expire on July 2, 2030 — for a total 18 years.

Sereno said she will hold dialogue with the various stake holders in the Judiciary.

"I think, inevitably, this dialogue among members of the Judiciary will lead to significant changes in governance," she added. (PNA)

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