PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta as the 26th Chief Justice, Malacañang announced on Wednesday, October 23.
Peralta will succeed Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin who reached the mandatory retirement age on October 18, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed in a text message.
Before being appointed to the High Court, Peralta was a presiding judge of the Sandiganbayan.
He also served as Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 95 judge, and a prosecutor in Laoag City and Manila.
The Palace has forwarded Peralta's appointment paper to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court welcomes its new Chief Justice, The Hon. Diosdado M. Peralta. He is the 26th Chief Justice of the Philippines. He will retire on March 27, 2022. pic.twitter.com/lURCFsATAI— Supreme Court Public Information Office (PIO) (@SCPh_PIO) October 23, 2019