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26/07/2010: Second Generation Filipina Appointed California Chief Justice

26 JULY 2010, WASHINGTON D.C. - Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa lauded California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s nomination of Filipino American Court of Appeals Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye as chief justice of the California Supreme Court, the first Asian American to occupy the position.

In a letter addressed to Justice Cantil-Sakauye, Ambassador Gaa extended his congratulatory remarks, noting that the feat she has accomplished serves as an inspiration to Filipinos and is proof-positive that America is a land of opportunities, and that Filipinos are positive contributors to what makes America what it is today.

“The wide praise your appointment has won is certainly a testament to your performance in the state’s judiciary and distinguished history of public service,” Ambassador Gaa stated in his letter.