Friday, January 11

Justice System: Flip-Flopping Scheme

One of the most talked about issues in the country today is Supreme Court's practice of flip-flopping. It seems that the members of the Highest Court of the Philippines keep on changing their decisions which they themselves have declared final and executory. 

Just when the parties of the case thought that the litigation has already ended, SC suddenly reopens and reviews it. What's worse is that most of the time, the rendered judgments are overturned or reversed. What has been said is retracted and a new one is given. This leaves the people involved confused and puzzled.

There is really nothing wrong about the reopening of the cases which have already been long decided only if the Supreme Court can provide the various reasons which compelled them to do such. The people will surely understand if the judges can give concrete compelling reasons why the cases are to be examined again.

The judicial system of the country seriously needs improvement. I believe that now is the right time to start making changes to improve the justice system. It is sad to hear that many people are dismayed with the flip-flopping activities of the Supreme Court. There is no stability in the statements given by the judges which really affect the integrity and credibility of the whole members of the bench.

Our President claims that under his administration, the "Daang Matuwid" is being implemented well. If we take a closer look to the latest steps taken by the government, we can see big improvements. Many Filipinos are able to experience the direct benefit and advantage of the "Daang Matuwid" program carried out by Pres. PNOY. However, the spotlight is also centered to the justice system of the Philippines. There are quite a number of individuals who question the veracity of "Daang Matuwid" which the current administration is really proud of.

How can justice be served if judges keep on retracting and changing their decisions? Are we going to achieve a stable and better judicial system someday? 

20 comments:

  1. To achieve a stable and better judicial system someday, the government body should be strict in establishing qualifications in selecting who should be in and out to abolish those who are really unable to become judges/in the position in the first place.

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  2. The judiciary is independent of the executive but I agree there are changes that are needed to be implemented to add credibility to the justice system.

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  3. the government do this most of the time. it is very since the people that under them is having a hard time keeping up with them and dealing with their doubts worng decisions. xx

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  4. Honestly, I find our president did a good job in the past years, so I believe he can fix this "flip-flopping" scheme. Agree on Rochkirstin's point, too. Should be stricter on qualifying for the very important positions.

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  5. Even with the impeachment of former CJ Corona, it seems that this habit seems to continue. Though I'm glad they issued a TRO on Cybercrime Law which needs to be discussed further or eventually abolish.

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  6. There got a lot of people who keep on questioning why aren't like that and all.. even if they themselves couldn't make a difference on their own ways to change themselves. There's no such thing to happen in just an instant eh... all things happens step by step, slowly.. slowly yet surely

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  7. I may agree with you on some points but we have made better progress. Take note we just impeached a Chief Justice. How about giving some concrete cases where the Supreme Court dilly dally. My two cents is that the system will take some time to be corrected but concrete steps and identification of leaks to be repaired will help it.

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  8. you are definitely right.. but compared to the previous governments, at least our judicial system has now improved..

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  9. compare to the past administration, I think our justice system is quite a bit improving than in the past where our justices really made so many controversial decision.

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  10. As the saying goes, You can't please everyone. Though there is this issue of the SC flip-flopping decisions, I believe the body has its own reason/reasons so why not give them the benefit of the doubt. For Pnoy 'Tuwid na Daan' wala naman ata siyang sinabing 'smooth trails'. May humps din but I believe the President will address the issue in due time.

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  11. hmmm... i read a similar blog about this. it looks like that was not a personal opinion blog. i hope this is a personal effort and not a campaign coming from an organization or personalities. as bloggers, we love to be take part and voice out our opinion on topics that matters to our country and the government. i hope this is it. let's not be misled and allowed to be used

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  12. ah the justice system... you can get away with murder in the Philippines specially if... as for our Supreme Court's decision to re-open and review a closed cased, it can only be one of two things... 1 is money, 2 is politics...

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  13. this judicial system of ours seem to be a moro moro .. esp. for the high profile cases involving rich people and organizations.. but for the poor there is no chance to be reconsider esp. you have no resources to throw .. such a shame

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  14. The changes in our government are very evident. It may not be as fast as others may deem appropriate. But it has definitely improved throughout the years. The same goes with our justice system. If the government wasn't focusing their efforts (amongst other priorities) in changing the flip-flopping ways of the Supreme Court, then they wouldn't have dared impeach a chief justice such as Corona, right? I think the changes we all sought for will come in time. It may come slow. But it will come. :)

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  15. The changes in our government are very evident. It may not be as fast as others may deem appropriate. But it has definitely improved throughout the years. The same goes with our justice system. If the government wasn't focusing their efforts (amongst other priorities) in changing the flip-flopping ways of the Supreme Court, then they wouldn't have dared impeach a chief justice such as Corona, right? I think the changes we all sought for will come in time. It may come slow. But it will come. :)

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  16. That is the sad part of it, change is important in other aspects of life but should not in our justice system where everybody should have faith and respect on it.

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  17. To answer your questions, no, justice can't be served if we have indecisive judges and yes, a stable justice system is POSSIBLE - but the right people need to be in the right seats of power for this to happen.

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  18. I still believe that in due time, our supreme court will be on its state that everybody in the Philippines will truly believe on it and have their full confidence on its decisions. Now, yes, it still has flaws, but I've seen some good things about it too.

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  19. I agree, this matter should be addressed properly right now!

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  20. I don't think we have "real" justice in the country. Our judges are not only indecisive, but a lot of hullabaloos are going on behind the scenes. I just wish that we'll get to see improvements in our lifetime.

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