Diosdado Peralta

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Diosdado M. Peralta
CJ Peralta Official Portrait.jpg
26th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Assumed office
October 23, 2019
Appointed byRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byLucas Bersamin
162nd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
In office
January 13, 2009 – October 22, 2019
Appointed byGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded byRuben Reyes
Succeeded bySamuel Gaerlan
Personal details
Diosdado Madarang Peralta

(1952-03-27) March 27, 1952 (age 68)
Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Spouse(s)Fernanda Lampas-Peralta
Alma materColegio de San Juan de Letran
University of Santo Tomas
AffiliationGamma Delta Epsilon

Diosdado "Dado" Madarang Peralta (born March 27, 1952) is a Filipino attorney and jurist who serves as the Chief Justice of the Philippines.[1][2] He was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte on October 23, 2019.[3] He previously served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from January 13, 2009 to October 22, 2019.[4] He is the third Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice to be appointed to the High Tribunal.[5]

Personal life and education[edit]

Chambers of Diosdado M. Peralta (new Supreme Court building).

Justice Peralta finished his Bachelor of Science degree at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in 1974 before pursuing law at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, where he graduated in 1979.[5] He is married to Fernanda Lampas-Peralta, an Associate Justice of the Philippine Court of Appeals.[4][6]


Legal career[edit]

He worked in the private sector before joining government service as an assistant city prosecutor in Laoag City and Manila.[4]


On September 22, 1994, he was appointed Judge of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 95, Quezon City, which was designated as Special Criminal Court on Heinous Crimes and, later, Drugs Cases,[5] then named to the Sandiganbayan in 2002 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.[4] He was designated Presiding Justice of the Sandiganbayan in March 2008,[7] and served in that capacity until his appointment to the Supreme Court. Justice Peralta is the Chairperson of the High Court's Committee on the Revision of the Benchbook on the Application, Computation, and Graduation of Penalties. He presently sits as a Member of the House of Representative Electoral Tribunal (HET).[5] Justice Peralta was the Chairman of the 2014 Philippine Bar Examination committee.[1][8]


He was the recipient of several commendations, two of which were the Special Centennial Awards in the Field of Criminal Law, given by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Supreme Court during its Centennial Celebration on June 6, 2001, and the Judicial Excellence Awards 2002 (Chief Justice Ramon Avanceña Award for Outstanding Regional Trial Court Judge).[5] In recognition of his vast contribution in the field of law, he was also the recipient of the Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Awards for Law (TOTAL Awardee in Law/Justice) on August 2, 2008, which was the highest award bestowed by the University of Santo Tomas to an alumnus.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gavilan, Jodesz (October 24, 2019). "FAST FACTS: Who is new Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta?". Rappler. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  2. ^ Santos, Elmor (October 23, 2019). "Diosdado Peralta is new Chief Justice". CNN Philippines. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Corrales, Nestor (October 23, 2019). "Diosdado Peralta is new Chief Justice". Inquirer.net. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  4. ^ a b c d "Sandiganbayan justice is new SC magistrate". GMANews.TV. 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  5. ^ a b c d e http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/aboutsc/justices/j-peralta.php
  6. ^ Torres-Tupas, Tetch (October 23, 2019). "Who is newly appointed Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta?". Inquirer. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "Peralta new Sandiganbayan presiding justice". GMANews.TV. 2008-03-29. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  8. ^ "Bar exams set on October". Manila Bulletin Online. 2014-04-29. Archived from the original on 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  9. ^ "Sandigan Justice leads TOTAL". The Varsitarian. 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2008-09-07.

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Preceded by
Ruben Reyes
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Samuel Gaerlan
Preceded by
Lucas Bersamin
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Alan Peter Cayetano
as Speaker of the House of Representatives
Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Teodoro Locsin Jr.
as Secretary of Foreign Affairs