Gesmundo is Duterteâ??s choice for new SC chief
Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo

Gesmundo is Duterte’s choice for new SC chief

Robertzon Ramirez, Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) - April 4, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo is President Duterte’s choice for the next chief justice, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said yesterday.

According to Panelo, he received word from Duterte’s trusted ally, Sen. Bong Go, that the Ateneo alumnus is the Chief Executive’s personal choice for the 27th Supreme Court chief.

“Per Sen. Christopher Lawrence Go. He said he is the personal choice,” Panelo said in a text message yesterday.

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta retired last March 27.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. earlier said that his office was still awaiting official communication from the Office of the President regarding the appointment of a new chief justice.

He said his office only confirms any appointment once the SC receives the official papers.

“Given the long holiday, the earlier a judicial appointment can be received by the Court would be this Monday,” Roque said.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said it welcomes the possible appointment of Gesmundo as next chief justice.

“We congratulate Chief Justice Gesmundo and IBP will continue to cooperate and work with him to make ‘justice bilis’ a reality. Chief Justice Gesmundo will have over five years to lead the Supreme Court and we look forward to stability and productive improvements in the justice sector under his watch,” IBP national president Domingo Egon Cayosa said in a statement.

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