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Duterte appoints Diosdado Peralta as Chief Justice

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta as chief justice, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed that Peralta got the appointment.

Peralta succeeded Lucas Bersamin, who retired on October 18.

Peralta, the most senior magistrate of the three candidates, beat out Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Andres Reyes, Jr. for the post. Associate Justice Jose Reyes Jr., the fourth applicant, did not make the shortlist provided to the President by the screening body Judicial and Bar Council.

An appointee of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Peralta voted in favor of Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao and its subsequent extensions, the ouster of Duterte critic and former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and for Arroyo's acquittal in a plunder case.

He wrote the decision for the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and concurred in the declaration of the Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel as unconstitutional.

The Laoag native and University of Santo Tomas law alumnus started out as a public prosecutor in 1987 then went on to become a trial court judge, an associate justice and later the presiding justice of the Sandiganbayan before he was appointed to the SC in 2009.

Peralta will retire from the judiciary when he turns 70 in March 2022.

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  • alter_nikalter_nik PEx Rookie ⭐

    Duterte picks Peralta as new Chief Justice



    MANILA (UPDATE) – In the end, the magistrate who said he deserves to be chief got what he believes he has earned.

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta as the country’s next top magistrate, replacing his friend, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin who stepped down on Oct. 18.

    Both Malacañang and the high court confirmed the appointment.

    Peralta is expected to remain at the high court's helm until March 2022. 

    Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio had served as the high court's acting chief for a few days. He is also set to retire on Oct. 26.


    During his interview with the Judicial and Bar Council early this month, Peralta told the panel while fighting back tears: “I deserve to be Chief Justice because I worked very hard all these years.”

    Peralta was appointed to the high court in January 2009. Previously, he was Sandiganbayan associate and presiding justice from 2002 to 2008.

    In both instances, he was appointed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 

    A native of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, he graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law in 1979 and worked in the private sector before he joined the government as an assistant city prosecutor in 1987.

    In 1994, he was appointed regional trial court judge in Quezon City, where he became close friends with Bersamin.

    SC DECISIONS AND VOTING RECORD

    Among the high-profile decisions Peralta penned while at the high court were the November 2016 ruling upholding the legality of the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the August 2017 decision allowing plea bargaining in small-time drug cases, the September 2018 decision requiring mandatory compliance with chain of custody requirements in drug cases, and the June 2019 ruling granting retroactive application of RA 10592 or the expanded good conduct time allowance law. 

    In March 2018, he voted to uphold the validity of Philippine Airlines’ retrenchment of flight attendants and stewards, though he voted to invalidate the retrenchment 9 years earlier.

    He also voted to uphold the legality of Sen. Leila De Lima’s February 2017 arrest, the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and its extensions, and the closure of Boracay Island last year for rehabilitation. 

    He also voted in favor of the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and was among justices who testified against Sereno during the House of Representatives probe on the impeachment complaint against her.

    Peralta also voted to dismiss the same-sex marriage petition and the writ of kalikasan petition filed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and fishermen from Zambales and Palawan. 

    He likewise joined the majority in fining water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water with over P921 million each for violating the Philippine Clean Water Act, requiring the Office of the Solicitor General to furnish petitioners in the petition against Oplan Tokhang with thousands of police case files, and allowing Mary Jane Veloso, the detained Filipina on death row in Indonesia, to testify via a written deposition in the human trafficking and illegal recruitment case in Nueva Ecija.

    Prior to the Duterte administration, Peralta's notable votes were for declaring unconstitutional the Priority Development Assistance Fund, allegedly misappropriated through fake NGOs, and former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s truth commission. 

    He also voted in favor of the distribution of Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita’s 4,915-hectare farmlands to farmer-beneficiaries and Sen. Grace Poe’s natural-born Filipino citizenship.

    His fellow Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen described Peralta as a“passionate leader, absorbed by his desire for efficiency and transparency in all levels of courts” and whose expertise in criminal law and procedure is “unrivaled and unparalleled.”

    Bersamin designated him to take the lead in revising the Court’s procedural rules particularly the Rules of Court, the rules on small claims cases, continuous trial and admiralty cases, among others.

     PLANS FOR SUPREME COURT

    Asked about his plans for the high court should he be chosen as the top magistrate, Peralta told the JBC early this month that he intends to address the backlog of cases, continue revisions to the Rules of Court, train justices and monitor performance of judges.

    Amidst the rising number of lawyers, prosecutors and judges being killed in the country since 2016, Peralta said he would support a bill establishing a marshal system under the control of the Supreme Court.

    To address lack of court personnel, he said he would push for a bill exempting the judiciary from the salary standardization law.

    KEY DECISIONS TO MAKE

    As head of the SC, Peralta will preside the Court in resolving several high-stakes cases such as the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo, in SC’s capacity as Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

    The Court has also yet to rule on petitions questioning the legality of: Presidential Proclamation No. 572 which voided former senator Antonio Trillanes’ amnesty, the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the PLDT-Globe co-use agreement, anti-drug operation Oplan Tokhang, the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, the EDSA provincial bus ban, the Department of Justice and Department of the Interior and Local Government’s revised implementing rules on good conduct time allowance, and the presidential coverage ban on news website Rappler.



  • alter_nikalter_nik PEx Rookie ⭐

    Diosdado Peralta is new Chief Justice 



    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Wednesday Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta as the new Chief Justice, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said.

    In a press briefing, Supreme Court spokesperson Atty. Brian Keith Hosaka said that they received a copy of Peralta’s appointment paper at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday through the Office of Clerk of Court.


    Peralta replaced former chief justice Lucas Bersamin who retired on October 18.

    A native of Ilocos Norte, Peralta was appointed as an associate justice of the High Court on January 14, 2009 and will retire on March 27, 2022.

    The 67-year old top magistrate was a former Sandiganbayan Associate Justice who convicted former president Joseph Estrada of plunder.

    Peralta started as an assistant prosecutor in Laoag City in Ilocos Norte and Manila.

    He later became a Regional Trial Court Judge in Quezon City and got the monicker “hanging judge” for sentencing around 40 people to death.

    Peralta beat Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr. for the top SC post




  • alter_nikalter_nik PEx Rookie ⭐

    MANILA, Philippines (Updated 3:38 p.m.) — President Rodrigo Duterte has named Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta as the new chief justice.

    Supreme Court spokesperson Brian Hosaka confirmed this in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

    Peralta takes over the seat vacated by former Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, who retired from the tribunal last week.


    Most senior in terms of experience

    Peralta is the most senior in terms of SC experience among the four aspirants. He has been serving the SC for more than a decade. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed him to the high court on Jan. 13, 2009.

    Peralta, who hails from Ilocos Norte, started his career in government as an assistant city fiscal in Laoag City in 1987.

    In 1994, Peralta was appointed as a criminal court judge in Quezon City. Among the cases he handled were heinous crimes and drug-related cases. During his stint as a judge, he received several commendations.

    Peralta has served as professor and Bar reviewer on Criminal Law.

    He also sat as chairperson of the 2014 Bar Examinations and the Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations.

    Marcos burial decision

    Bersamin told members of the media on September 4 that Peralta was of significant help in leading the committee on revision of Rules of Court.  Peralta also led the adoption of the 2019 Guidelines on the Use of Videoconferencing Technology for Remote Court Appearance or Testimony of Persons Deprived of Liberty in Jails and National Penitentiaries which was pilot tested in Davao City.

    Peralta penned the SC ruling that allowed the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

    Facing the JBC panel in 2018, Peralta stood by his ruling and said: “If we do not bury that issue, then we cannot move on and I still believe that whatever is the past, we have to move on. We will not improve as a nation if we do that.”


    ‘I deserve to be chief justice’

    Facing the JBC panel on October 2, Peralta shared that he has been receiving criticism for not being a Bar topnotcher or an honor student.

    "If I remember what I have experienced since I started working, it’s hard. I think I deserve to be chief justice because I worked hard," he said, his voice breaking.

    A teary Peralta said his work experiences “are more than enough to compensate with what they say that I do not deserve because I’m not a topnotcher or I’m not an honor student.” 

    “I hope you have to take those into consideration that there is hope for an individual like me,” Peralta added.

    Peralta will remain as the head of the Judiciary until March 27, 2022, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.



  • alter_nikalter_nik PEx Rookie ⭐

    Peralta takes oath as new Chief Justice



    MANILA - Newly appointed Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta took his oath Thursday before President Rodrigo Duterte as the country's 26th chief magistrate.

    Peralta, who was appointed Wednesday, replaced his friend Lucas Bersamin at the high tribunal’s helm. Bersamin retired on Oct. 18.


    LOOK: Newly appointed Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta talks to President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang ( Sen. Bong Go) 

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    During the oath-taking ceremonies in Malacañang, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte asked Peralta to ensure that the Supreme Court is characterized by “fairness and truth” under his watch.

    “That every citizen be treated equal before the law regardless of the status in life,” Panelo said.

    During his interview with the Judicial and Bar Council early this month, Peralta told the panel while fighting back tears: “I deserve to be Chief Justice because I worked very hard all these years.”

    Peralta was appointed to the high court in January 2009. Previously, he was a Sandiganbayan associate and presiding justice from 2002 to 2008. In both instances, he was appointed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

    A native of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, he graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law in 1979 and worked in the private sector before he joined the government as an assistant city prosecutor in 1987.

    In 1994, he was appointed regional trial court judge in Quezon City, where he became close friends with Bersamin.

    Peralta is expected to stay as head of the judiciary until March 2022.



  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    exacto bago bumaba si DuDirty pwede siyang mag-appoint ng bago SC Chief Justice uli



    Peralta will retire on March 27, 2022



  • alchemistofophiralchemistofophir PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited October 2019
    Ilocano Chief Justice?

    Alam na this.. hehehe.

    Baka susunod na Speaker of the House Taga Sorsogon.

    B)B)B)
    .V.. ..I..
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    if DuDirty plays his cards right, he will be in control of the Supreme Court beyond his term by choosing a new PUPPET SC Chief Justice after the retirement of Justice Peralta.


    ****
    when Justice Peralta said he was ILOKANO, it sent CHILLS down my SPINE.

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