THE appointment of Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta as the new Chief Justice will strengthen the campaign of the Duterte administration against illegal drugs and the cops or policemen who recycle illegal drugs, a House leader said on Friday.
Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor, who chairs the House committee on public accounts, recalled that it was Peralta, then a Quezon City judge, who convicted 11 officers and members of the Station 9 in Anonas, Quezon City of the defunct Central Police District (CPD), now the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), for accepting money to free drug suspects and eventually recycled the confiscated dangerous drugs.
“I am sure that his appointment will further strengthen the anti-drug campaign of the administration,” said Defensor who exposed the said illegal drugs scandal during the 11th Congress or his second term as congressman of Quezon City.
“I exposed the capture and release of drug pushers in Station 9, Anonas Quezon City for a fee and the subsequent resale of the confiscated drugs. The eleven ninja cops we’re tried and convicted by then Judge Dado Peralta of Quezon City,” said Defensor.
Ang Probinsyano party-list Rep. Ronnie Ong congratulated Peralta for his appointment as new Chief Justice.
“His long experience as a member of the High Tribunal and his deep knowledge of the law makes him the best choice as the country’s Chief Magistrate. I hope and pray that we all support him and let us all pray for his success,” said Ong.
Maguindanao Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu Peralta’s “well-deserved appointment as the country’s 26th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court!”
“We hope that your just leadership at the highest court will continue to shine and your dedication to pubic service never falter!” Mangudadatu said.
Kabayan party-list Rep. Ron Salo said “the appointment of Justice Diosdado Peralta as the country’s chief magistrate proves that academic honor is not the sole determinant in achieving greater success in any profession, but perseverance, professionalism and deep sense of public service.”
“We have witnessed these traits of the Chief Justice since he was first inducted in the roll of attorneys and in the various positions he has held as an officer of the bar and of the court, and as a civil servant,” said Salo.
“The decisions he has penned, and the legal advocacies he has pursued resoundingly prove that he is always ready in upholding truth, fairness and social justice. With him at the helm of the Judiciary, the Filipino people are certainly assured that justice and the rule of law will always prevail,” Salo added.