Gesmundo vows judges’ protection

Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo has vowed to do everything to ensure the safety of justices and judges as he inaugurated yesterday the New Hall of Justice of Makati City along JP Rizal Avenue.

Aside from Gesmundo, Associate Justices Marvic Leonen, Amy Lazaro Javier and Rodil Zalameda led the inauguration of the courthouse.

“We will protect our judges from warrantless charges,” Gesmundo said amid accusations raised by the former spokesperson of the government’s anti-communist group that a Manila judge was a communist sympathizer.

The former National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict talking head, Lorraine Badoy, had been asked by the SC to explain her seemingly threatening statement against the judge.

Nonetheless, Gesmundo said the judiciary would not allow abuses by members of the court, saying the SC 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.”

He added that justice is “not measured by the pillars or the beautiful buildings, [but] the kind of service that we provide to our people.”

“How we administer justice is the reflection of our judicial system. Let us do our best,” he added.

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