Aquino urges Filipinos to join government efforts to effect judicial reforms

President Benigno S. Aquino III called on all Filipinos to join the government in its efforts to implement widespread reforms in the judiciary, saying that it is the responsibility of the citizenry to ensure a just and free society for the next generation.

The President made the call in his speech after he was conferred the Doctor of Laws degree, Honoris Causa, by the Centro Escolar University at the Manila Hotel on Wednesday.

He said it was high time to change the old image of the judiciary that has been known to favor the rich, the slow pace of hearing and resolving cases, as well as the seemingly indifference of court employees to the performance of their duties.

“Ito po mismo ang nais nating baguhin. Isang malawakang reporma ang nais nating mangyari hindi lamang sa mabagal na sistema sa mga bulwagan ng korte sa bansa kundi sa kaisipan ng bawat kawani ng hudikatura mula sa mga huwes, abogado’t clerk of court partikular na sa pagtupad nila sa kanilang mga tungkulin,” the President said.

“Nais lang nating masiguro na pag may nagsampa ng kaso nakatira man sa bahay na bato o nakasilong lang sa tagpi-tagping yero, makakatanggap siya ng desisyon na hindi lalagpas sa dalawang taon at ang timbangan ng katarungan ay papanig lamang sa kung ano ang makatuwiran,” he added.

The President said it was the duty of all Filipinos to work towards ensuring that we have a judiciary that dispenses fair and just rulings.

“Tungkulin natin manindigan para sa isang sistemang pangkatarungan na may katiyakan —isang hukuman kung saan ang inosente ay lalabas na inosente at ang lumabag sa batas ay siguradong mapananagot,” the President strssed.

“Nasa atin po bilang mamamayan ang gawing sistemang makatarungan ang sistemang pangkatarungan,” he said.

The President likewise called on the Filipino citizenry to join him in working towards achieving a fair and just society for the next generation of Filipinos.

“Samahan niyo ako. Manindigan tayo at makilahok upang maabot natin ang tunay na hustisya sa ating lipunan at para makasiguro na isang makatarungang Pilipinas ang maipamamana natin sa susunod na salinlahi,” the President concluded.#