-The Supreme Court has a new top magistrate of the Philippines
-President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta as the new chief justice
-He edged out two other Associate Justices Estrela Perlas Bernabe and Andres Reyes Jr.
The Supreme Court has a new chief justice.
On Wednesday, October 23, Malacañang announced that President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta as retired Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin's successor.
KAMI learned that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed the appointment and said that the appointment paper was signed on the same day.
According to the 1987 Philippine Constitution, the president has the power to appoint a new top magistrate within 90 days of vacancy after Bersamin retired as he reached the compulsory retirement age of 70. This means that Peralta will serve as chief justice until his retirement on March 27, 2022
He bested Associate Justices Estrela Perlas Bernabe and Andres Reyes Jr. for the chief justice appointment.
Peralta started his career as an assistant prosecutor in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. He was also the presiding judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 95.
During his time there, he was called "The Hanging Judge" for giving death sentence to around 40 people.
The 67-year-old chief justice also served as a presiding judge of the Sandiganbayan. In November 2016, he signed the ruling that approved the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Diosdado "Dado" Madarang Peralta is a Filipino jurist. He is currently the 26th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
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