By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta as new Supreme Court Chief Justice.
This was confirmed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea Wednesday afternoon.
Peralta will replace Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, who retired from his post last October 18.
During his panel interview before the Judicial and Bar Council, Peralta said he intends to address the problem of case backlog, continue revisions to the Rules of Court, train justices, and monitor performance of judges once selected.
He would also support the creation of a marshal system that would protect judges and other members of the Judiciary from violence, the top magistrate said.
On the shortage of court personnel, Peralta said he would seek for an exemption of the Judiciary from Salary Standardization Act.
A graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, the Chief Justice worked in the private sector before joining government service as an assistant city prosecutor in Laoag City and Manila.
He was appointed as Presiding Judge of Branch 95 of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City in 1994 and was promoted to the Sandiganbayan in 2002, and became its Presiding Justice in 2008.
In 2009, Peralta was named to the High Court bu former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.