The Supreme Court’s Public Information Office confirmed Friday the passing away of former Chief Justice Renato Corona.
The news was relayed to the SC PIO directly from the family of Corona. Further information gathered from the family states that Corona died of cardiac arrest at around 1:48a.m. of April 29.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has ordered that all flags in all courts around the country, including the Supreme Court, be flown at half-mast to mourn Corona’s passing.
Corona was the 23 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and served for almost two years, from May 10, 2010, to May 29, 2012. He is considered to be one the youngest judges ever appointed.
Before becoming Chief Justice, Corona was appointed to the highest tribunal on April 9, 2002, as the 150th member of the Supreme Court. At a very young age, he had acquired depth and perspective. He served as a law professor, private law practitioner, and a member of the Cabinet under two Presidents, Fidel V. Ramos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Corona graduated from college from the Ateneo de Manila University, 1970, with a Bachelor of Arts degree and with honors. After college, Corona proceeded to take up law and finished his Bachelor of Laws at the Ateneo Law School in 1974 and graduated as the top 5 in the class.
Corona also placed as the 25 highest in the bar examinations garnering a grade of 84.6%.
Not wanting to stop learning, Corona took up Master of Business Administration course (without thesis) at the Ateneo Professional Schools, and in 1981, Corona pursued a Master of Laws program in Harvard Law School, focusing on foreign investment policies and the regulation of corporate and financial institutions. He finished his LL.M. degree at Harvard Law School in 1982.
Finally, he pursued and earned a Doctor of Civil Law degree from the University of SantoTomas. He finished with flying colors as he was summa cum laude, the class valedictorian, and the Most Outstanding Graduate School Student.