Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appoints a new Chief Justice

Associate Justice Renato Puno

Associate Justice Renato Puno

Malacañang announced Wednesday morning that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has chosen Supreme Court Associate Justice Renato Corona to replace Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who is scheduled to retire on May 17.

Presidential spokesman Ricardo Saludo said that President Arroyo picked Corona, 61, from among the four nominees submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), a Palace source said.

GMANews.TV tried to get a confirmation from Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez but calls to his mobile phone went unanswered.

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