MANILA—Malacanang has extended condolences to the family of former Chief Justice Renato ‘CJ’ Corona who died of heart attack early Friday morning.
”We extend our condolences to the bereaved family of the late CJ Renato Corona and join them in fervent prayers for his eternal repose,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a text message to the mediamen.
The Supreme Court Public Information Office (SC PIO) on Friday confirmed that former Corona succumbed to cardiac arrest at 1:48 a.m. at the Medical City in Pasig City. He was 67.
Corona had diabetes and undergone bypass surgery twice.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno has already ordered that the flag in the SC and all courts nationwide be flown at half-mast to mourn the passing of Corona.
Corona was appointed by former President Gloria Arroyo as Chief Justice on May 17, 2010.
However, Corona’s term was cut short when was impeached as Chief Justice in May 29, 2012 over questions on bank accounts which he did declare his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
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 the 23rd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.