Welcome CJ!

sept 5

Welcome to the Palm City, Chief Justice Reynato Puno. It’s his first visit in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley since when he became the country’s highest magistrate.

The “Justice on Wheels” mobile court program the Chief Justice re-launched with vibrancy just last July indeed augurs great opportunities for the poor to access justice. The court, being not insulated by the macroeconomic forces and being a branch of our government has, from the vantage point of being in the provinces, now become more inaccessible not by its location nor of its processes that grind slow (as we know much of this since time immemorial) but by the high tariffs in court fees as well as the legal fees from members of the Bar, fuera delos buenos from those few offering pro bono or affordable services.

In the end, it’s more due to economics that poor suspects and those convicted would just choose to languish in jail beyond the period prescribed by law or fight it for an appeal which they could not sustain anyway or which could only have their family and kins outside in jail suffer economic hardships if not loss of the properties.

Thus, we completely agree with this Supreme Court’s JoW mobile court program that not only tries to make justice accessible, as justice delayed is justice denied that is most often hitting the poor who could not buy time nor buy justice, as they say, but also visits the inmates to look on their plight behind bars in the way that Matthew 25:36 put it: “I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com


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