Ex-Chief Justice Corona passes away at 67

MANILA, Philippines — Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Coronado Corona passed away due to heart attack at 1:47 a.m. Friday. He was 67.

Corona succumbed to cardiac arrest at the Medical City in Pasig City.

The former chief justice had diabetes and undergone bypass surgery twice.

Born on Oct. 15, 1948, Corona graduated from the Ateneo de Manila in 1970 and obtained his doctor of civil law degree from the University of Santo Tomas as summa cum laude and class valedictorian in 1982.

He was appointed by then President and now Pampanga (2nd District) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Chief Justice on Mayo 12, 2010, two days prior to the May 10, 2010 presidential elections.

Corona served as Chief Justice from May 17, 2010 to May 29, 2012.

He was the 23rd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

He was impeached as Chief Justice in 2012 over questions on his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has ordered that the flag in the SC and all courts nationwide be flown at half-mast to mourn the passing of Corona. Perfecto Raymundo/PNA/northboundasia.com