Itinalaga ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte si Michael Ong bilang bagong associate justice ng Court of Appeals (CA).
“The Palace congratulates Atty. Michael Pastores Ong as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals. We wish CA Justice Ong success in the Court of Appeals, and we are confident that he will continue to uphold the rule of law and to dispense justice with integrity, impartiality and probity,” pahayag ni acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.
Sa appointment letter na inilabas ng Pangulo at isinapubliko naman ng Supreme Court (SC) public information office nitong Huwebes, hahalili si Ong sa puwestong babakantehin ni Supreme Court associate justice Samuel Gaerlan.
Si Ong ay naging senior deputy executive secretary bago pa ito italaga sa nasabing posisyon, at kabilang din ito sa 36 kandidato na inirekomenda ng Judicial Bar and Council upang punan ang anim na posisyon bilang associate justice sa CA.