Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Puno Is 22nd Chief Justice

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Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban hugs his successor, Sr. Associate Justice Reynato Puno during Panganiban's retirement ceremony. Puno's appointment was appointed by President Arroyo before midnight. (Supreme Court photo)

Senior Associate Justice Reynato Puno has been appointed by President Gloria Arroyo as the 22nd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines before midnight.

Puno succeeds former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban who retired today upon reaching the mandatory age of retirement of 70 years old.

Puno was appointed to the Court by former President Fidel Ramos in 1993. Prior to being a member of the Court, Puno served as Deputy Minister of Justice and Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals.

He was a 1962 graduate of the UP College of Law. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Collegian in 1961.

He authored decisions legitimizing the presidency of the Arroyo administration in 2001, ordered the Meralco refund in 2002 and the nullification of the Piatco agreements.

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