HOUSE Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez said the appointment of Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta as the new Chief Justice “will highlight the intellectual leadership of the Supreme Court.”
“He will champion good governance and serve as a beacon of light in maintaining the pristine supremacy of the Constitution,” said Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa).
“His loyalty to the Constitution will guide the nation’s leaders and the people in their quest for a better justice system,” Romualdez, who chairs the powerful House committee on rules, added.
Deputy Speaker and 1-Pacman party-list Rep. Mikee Romero also welcomed the appointment of Peralta, stressing this is “a well-deserved promotion.”
“CJ Dado and recently-retired CJ Lucas P. Bersamin have been bosom buddies ever since they occupied adjacent court salas as judges of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City many years back. Both served with distinction as they upheld the rule of law in cases they handled.
“Like CJ Bersamin, CJ Peralta is a legal intellectual who will contribute immensely in the effective administration of the judiciary and in ensuring the impartial interpretation of both the letter and spirit of the law,” said Romero, president of the 54-man Party-list Coalition Foundation, Inc. (PCFI).
Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin, a lawyer, said “our expectation is he will be able to institute reforms in the administration of justice given the over two years he will lead the judiciary.”