Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Dysfunctional Justice System

When as a rule, the rich and the powerful are above the law, when certain famous public officials while strongly suspect of big crimes and gross foul plays have palatial homes and freely frequent expensive restaurants here and abroad, when well known public characters are altogether free and basking in social life and lights although strongly appended with the commissions of flagrant graft and gross corrupt practices, when therefore the local and national prisons are full of merely accused or actually convicted poor and helpless people - the conclusion is obvious: The justice system in the Country is dysfunctional.

When the suspiciously wealthy and the deviously influential lord it over the poor and innocent people, when those employing guns with goons through the use of gold are the considered frightful masters of the populace in certain municipalities, provinces and/or regions even, when individuals are afraid to tell the truth such that when they in fact tell it, they are made to live in fear and fright, when the symbolic “Lady Justice” carrying a leveled balance yet having one eye uncovered to see who is who – the conclusion of obvious. The justice system in the Country is dysfunctional.

When the powerful reigning Chief Executive in the land together the latter’s usual minions and cohorts meddle in the working of the Department of Justice and other supposedly constitutional independent judicial bodies, when the over-all ruling Malacanang much popularly distrusted and pitiful depreciated out-going occupant precisely dips its perceived dirty hands in no less than Supreme Court of the land – the conclusion is obvious. The justice system in the Country is dysfunctional.

It is not a secret that in view of the supposedly forthcoming much advertised May 2010 optical precise and speedy automated national elections, and in anticipation wherefore of an honest and orderly, peaceful and credible electoral process – envisioned events which are now extremely difficult to presume – Presidential Candidates in particular are proclaiming their socio-economic platforms, having debates among themselves and answering questions from different sectors of society. Many more formal and/or informal fora are certain to be held in the months ahead prior to the supposed election day.

To this date and time however, it is not exactly said by or known from no less than nine ( 9 ) Candidates for the Office of the President, what would they concretely do about the dysfunctional justice system long since obtaining in the Philippines. It might be good for them to remember that the many and profound political ills and severe socio-economic miseries in the Country are basically caused by social injustice – an imperative element in Country are basically caused by social injustice – an imperative element in the social good and harmony, social welfare and development of the Philippines.

OVCruz, JCD
February 24, 2010