PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday appointed Justice Diosdado M. Peralta as the 26th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Peralta, who got all seven votes of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), will be sitting as the chief magistrate until he mandatorily retires at the age of 70 on March 27, 2022.
With two and a half decades of judicial service to his credit, Peralta is the most senior in terms of the number of years of service in the judiciary.
The chairperson of the SC Third Division, he is also the most senior among the associate justices who applied for the top SC post in terms of tenure in the High Court. He was appointed to the SC in 2009.
He has been the chairperson of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) since August 2018 where he began as member in 2011.
Born in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Peralta started his career in government service in 1987 when he was appointed Third Assistant City Fiscal of Laoag City. He was assigned to the Prosecutor’s Office in the City of Manila in 1988 and later became the Assistant Chief of the Investigation Division of the Office of the City Prosecutor in the early part of 1994.
He joined the judiciary in September 1994 when he was appointed as Presiding Judge of Branch 95 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Quezon City, which was designated as a Special Criminal Court on Heinous Crimes and, later, Drugs Cases. He was promoted to the Sandiganbayan in 2002, and became its Presiding Justice in 2008.
On January 13, 2009, he was named as the 162nd Associate Justice of the SC. He is the third Presiding Justice of the anti-graft court to be appointed to the High Court.
Peralta is an alumnus of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law where he, as a working student, graduated in 1979. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in October 1974
Peralta is married to Court of Appeals Associate Justice Fernanda C. Lampas-Peralta, a certified public accountant-lawyer, with whom he has four children: Attorney Dorothy, John Christopher, Timothy John, and John Isaac, who are all accomplished musicians.