Today's Punto
Today's Punto
Editorial
Standing for an independent judiciary

Mar 15, 2018

WE ARE saddened that the Philippine Judges Association leadership, by a majority vote of some 20 officers, opted to support the call for the resignation of the Chief Justice without consulting many of us.

We value consensus-building. This serious matter was not exhaustively discussed with us, neither was it debated upon among us, some 1,200 RTC judges nationwide. It was premature for the leadership to make this call for the organization.

In light of this pronouncement, this is our stand:

We do not wish to be part of the issues besetting the Supreme Court and its personnel as our priority is to keep the courts open and to serve our people. We are not politicians.

We do not have the luxury of publicly expressing our sentiments, unless prompted by the situation. But we are living in uncertain times, and today, we make an exception.

We call for sobriety and prudence. We ask our fellow judges to remember our oath to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law; to be impartial and reserve judgment until all evidence have been presented; and to be non-partisan.

LET THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS TAKE ITS COURSE.

WE STAND FOR AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY.

So, stand in a joint statement several Regional Trial Court judges of Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin and Bukidnon, adopting the statement earlier issued by the Negros Oriental RTC Judges Association.

Where stand the honorable judges of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales, if we may ask.



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