Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, whose appointment as chief magistrate was confirmed by Malacañang on Wednesday, vowed an “improved” and more caring judiciary under his watch.
Peralta told The Manila Times that he would push improvements in the judiciary and address the needs and welfare of judges and court employees.
The 26th chief justice is expected to take his oath on Thursday.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Wednesday confirmed Peralta’s appointment, which was first reported by The Manila Times last week.
Medialdea said the President signed Peralta’s appointment papers on October 23, a few days after his predecessor, Lucas Bersamin, retired.
Peralta is the most senior of the three candidates endorsed by the Judicial and Bar Council for the post. The other two were Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Andres Reyes Jr.
Peralta had introduced reforms in the judiciary during his stint as associate justice of the high court.
He spearheaded the continuous trial of criminal cases in lower courts.
During his lecture at the Philippine Judicial Academy in Tagaytay City last week, he vowed to give priority to the welfare of court employees.
“The allowances I will give them to you. I am very particular about funds. The savings should go to employees,” Peralta told the judges who attended the lecture.
Peralta, a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, started his career in government as a prosecutor in Manila. He later became a judge.
In 2002, he was appointed associate justice of the Sandiganbayan. He was the presiding justice of the anti-graft court before he was appointed to the Supreme Court.
Peralta will lead the Supreme Court as the tribunal, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, deliberates the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.
With a reports from CATHERINE S. VALENTE