President Benigno S. Aquino III named Maria Lourdes Aranal Sereno as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, his first appointment to the High Tribunal since he took office on 30 June 2010. The appointment of Sereno to fill up the vacancy at the Supreme Court was announced Friday by Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Edwin Lacierda in a press briefing.
Born on July 2, 1960, Sereno graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with bachelor of arts degree in Economics in 1980. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws (Cum Laude, Class Valedictorian) from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1984, and earned her Master of Law from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993.
Sereno was a co-counsel of Justice Florentino P. Feliciano, in the Fraport Case before the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington, D.C. and the case against Philippine International Airport Terminal Corporation (PIATCO), both of which were resolved in favor of the Philippine government.
In 1998, Sereno was a Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) Awardee for Law. Since 2000, Sereno was a faculty member of the Philippine Judicial Academy, taught civil law, negotiable instruments law, and international trade law.
She was also a faculty member at The Hague Academy of International Law in Cambodia in November 2004 and currently Executive Director of the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center.
- From the news release of the Office of the President
- Briefer on the appointment of SC Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal Sereno from the Official Gazette