Palace happy over Fil-Am nomination as chief justice of California Supreme Court — Coloma

August 30, 2010 10:02 am 

MANILA, Aug. 29 — Malacanang on Sunday said the nomination of a Filipino-American as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court only goes to show the excellence of the Filipinos in their chosen field even while in other countries.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma said in a radio interview said the recent appointment of Filipino-American Tani Gorre Cantil-Sekauye as chief justice of the California Supreme Court which was unanimously approved by the Commission on Judicial Appointments only showed "our citizens excel in their chosen field."

Coloma said President Benigno Aquino III is very happy upon learning that the nomination of Cantil-Sekauye was unanimously approved by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

”Lumilitaw ang galing ng Pilipino lalo na kung siya ay napupunta sa pagdaigdigang kalakalan. Ipinagmamalaki po natin ang kanyang natamong mataas na posisyon, ikinagagalak po natin ang nominasyon niya [Filipino excellence was noticed in the international community. We are proud of the position she gets, we are very happy for her.],” Coloma also said.

Cantil-Sekauye will now be included in the ballot during the November 2, 2010 elections for ratification by Californians.

If elected, Justice Cantil-Sekauye will only be the second woman chief justice of the Supreme Court of California and will be the first Filipino-American ever to attain such a prestigious position in the whole United States.

She was nominated by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Chief Justice Ronald George when he announced that he was not seeking retention in the November 2010 election and would step down when his term expires on January 2. (PNA)



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