17 applicants eye CJ Peralta’s associate justice post
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday disclosed that 17 applicants have formally applied for the associate justice position of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.
Guevarra, an ex-officio member of the Judicial and Bar Council, disclosed that the initial screening of the applicants will start tomorrow (Thursday).
The JBC is the constitutionally-mandated body to screen and vet nominees to key positions in the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman.
Under the 1987 Constitution, President Duterte has 90 days from Peralta’s appointment within which to appoint his replacement.
President Duterte appointed Peralta as the 26th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Peralta will be sitting as the chief magistrate until he mandatorily retires at the age of 70 on March 27, 2022.
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.