Gesmundo: ‘We will protect our judges’

Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo vowed to do just that as he cut the ceremonial ribbon to inaugurate the New Hall of Justice of Makati City.

The new courthouse is located along JP Rizal Ave. near the corner of Makati Avenue.

Gesmundo, along with Justices Marvic Leonen, Amy Lazaro Javier, and Rodil Zalameda, led the inauguration of the New Hall of Justice of Makati City on Wednesday, 5 October.

The Justices were joined by Regional Trial Court  Vice Executive Judge Cristina F. Javalera-Sulit, Metropolitan Trial Court Executive Judge Ma. Concepcion Billiones, MeTC Vice Executive Judge Ma. Lourdes V. Barrios-Sapalo, RTC Clerk of Court Maria Corazon Cecilia Pineda, Makati City Judges Association Inc. Vice President Maricris Pahate-Felix, Treasurer Veronica Tongio-Igot, and Makati City Vice Mayor Monique Quirino Lagdameo.

Speaking before the Makati Court judges, Gesmundo reiterated the Court’s message: “We will protect our judges from warrantless charges.”

He clarified, however, that the Court would not “let go of any shortcomings or misbehavior, or any violation committed by our Judges with respect to our Constitutional mandate.”

Gesmundo added that “any violation of our canons for judicial ethics will merit administrative proceedings, and appropriate sanctions will be meted out by the court.”

The Chief Justice said this balance is needed to improve the public’s perception of the Judiciary. “What we are trying to say now is that we have to shift our mindset of how the people look at the Judiciary. In fact, not only the Judiciary, but the entire legal profession is part of that call to try to improve or innovate.”

“Justice is not measured by the pillars or the beautiful buildings, [but] the kind of service that we provide to our people,” he added. “How we administer justice is the reflection of our judicial system. Let us do our best.”


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