This is the court of men, not the court of God. Man is not incorruptible, he also commits mistakes. When the court rules with the tag “beyond reasonable doubt”, it simply means the decision is based on facts and merits of evidences. And facts and evidences may not be righteous all the time. That’s why to be fair and honest, facts are should documented, and fully substantiated by evidences. It is only then, after a through scrutiny of facts and evidences, that a rightful decision in court is made.
But not all decisions made by the court may be absolutely right, that’s why there is a next higher court to sustain the veracity of the decision. If not satisfied by the decision of the appellate court, there is still the Supreme Court to look into it. But even the decision in the Supreme Court could be appealed too because not all parties are amenable to it.
Talk of the town today the news about Justice Vicente Roxas being stripped off his robe by the Supreme Court due to ‘dishonesty,’ ‘disrespectfulness,’ and ‘undue interest’ in handling the case on the battle for control of the Manila Electric Company between the Lopez family and the GSIS.
Here is a portion of that report from Purple S. Romero posted at news.abs-cbn.com.
Justice Vicente Roxas is the third magistrate from the Court of Appeals (CA) to be dismissed in the appellate court’s history after the High Tribunal told him to hang his robe for displaying “dishonesty,” “disrespectfulness” and “undue interest” in the case involving the battle for control of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) between the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the Lopez family.
Roxas received the biggest blow among five CA justices sanctioned Tuesday by the High Court for committing irregularities and improprieties in the Meralco-GSIS case pending before the CA.
The Supreme Court adopted the findings of the investigating panel composed of retired justices Carolina Griño, Flerida Romero and Romeo Callejo on the bribery scandal and stripped Roxas of all benefits except accrued leave credits.
Roxas is a member of the Eighth Division which promulgated the July 23 decision favoring the Lopez-owned utility. Along with division chair Justice Bienvenido Reyes and Justice Apolinario Bruselas, Roxas ruled that a regional trial court, and not the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has authority over intra-corporate disputes.
Sabio is also suspended
The High Court also ordered the two-month suspension of Sabio, chair of the Special Ninth Division which issued the TRO, on the ground that he conferred with parties interested in the case.
Sabio talked to his brother, Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chair Camilo Sabio before the TRO was handed down last May 30. The PCGG head tried to convince his brother of the “rightness” of the GSIS position in a phone call.
On July 1, Justice Sabio met with businessman-deal maker Francis Roa de Borja, who purportedly offered him a P10 million bribe in exchange for handing the case over to Reyes, chair of the Eighth division.
The High Court said Sabio’s acts, along with his refusal to relinquish the chairmanship of the Special Ninth Division to Reyes, made him guilty of simple misconduct.
While Roxas could still appeal for the decision of the Supreme Court, SC Spokesperson Jose Midas Marquez said the it is “immediately executory.” What does this mean, Justice Roxas can no longer preside as a magistrate of the Court of Appeals? But some quarters from the media and even ordinary people on the street have question in mind why the decision came too soon. But there is an explanation to that from the Supreme Court’s spokesperson; the entire nation has closely monitored the case.
Maibabalik pa ba nito ang buong pagtitiwala ng mga tao sa ating mga Korte at mahistrado?
Dahil na rin sa katakot-takot na dami ng mga kasong nagsasaad ng baluktot na sistemang sa pagpapairal ng batas ng pamahalaan, hindi malayong nagdududa na ang karamihan sa mga mamayan sa katapatan ng ating mga korte. Idagdag na natin itong kasong kinasasangkutan ni Justice Vicente Roxas.
Mabilisan ang action ng Suprema Korte dahil ditto nakasalalay ang tiwala at respeto ng mga tao sa ating mga batas at hustisya. Ito nga nagdesisyon na sila. Maaring pag-uusapan din ang desisyon na ito ng matagal ng publiko. Marahil maraming agam-agam, mga pananaw, at kaisipang ang lulutang dito ngunit babalik pa rin tayo sa katanungang maibabalik pa kaya nito ang buong pagtitiwala ng mga tao sa ating mga batas at sa mga nagpapatupad nito kabilang na ang mga hukom pagkatapos nangyari ang mga ganitong kaso?
Marahil ang sagot ay “oo” dahil eto na nga at pilit na nililinis ng ating Korte Suprema ang mga kabulastugang nangyayari ngayon sa mga lower courts. Marahil ang sagot ri ay “hindi” hanggang nandiyan ang mga tusong pulitiko na nagiimpluwensiya sa mga Hukom, at habang may mga hukom naman diyan na may tinatanaw na utang na loob sa mga pulitiko.
Hindi perpekto ang ating mga Korte dahil mga tao rin na may kahinaan ang mga nagpapatupad ng batas at hindi ang Diyos. Ngunit hindi naman ito dahilan para lubos nang mawalan tiwala tayo sa pinaiiral na sistema ng batas sa ating bansa. Kahit papaano dapat ay magtiwala pa rin tayo.
Sa mga panahong ito, mas higit na kailangan ngayon ang tiwala at suporta ng mga tao sa ating hustisya. Huwag husgahan at alisin ang ating tiwala sa mga korte at hukom. Ika nga sa Bibliya, “judge not that ye me not be judged.”