Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin begs for independence in the judiciary. He knows that Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo divides the country. He, however, promises to make reforms during his 11-month tenure in the SC. Among his priorities are to make procedural law court proceedings to be less tedious, less intimidating, more economical and speedier. That would certainly help resolve the VP conflict.
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[VIDEO]: Isang Arroyo appointee ang bagong Punong Mahistrado na si Lucas Bersamin na bumoto noon pabor sa “Sereno ouster” at “Marcos burial” sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. Giit ni Chief Justice Bersamin, pananatilihin daw niya ang independence ng hudikatura. Saksi si Dano Tingcungco.
Objectives of the New Supreme Court CJ
Chief Justice Bersamin said in his speech during the culmination event of the “Judicial Strengthening to Improve Court Effectiveness (JUSTICE) Project; “I shall make it my objective to lead the Supreme Court and the rest of the judiciary in respecting and promoting the rights of our people, thus I will prioritize reform of our procedural law to make court proceedings less tedious, less intimidating, more economical and speedier.”
Independence in the Judiciary
Bersamin emphasizes that the judiciary must remain independent. “We are part of a sovereign nation, the judiciary, but our role is to be an independent judiciary. We cannot always go to the other 2 branches of government to ask for assistance,” he said. He is grateful to several stakeholders for helping the Philippine judicial system. This is by funding its projects.
Replacing Another Short-Term CJ
Bersamin takes over his Supreme Court post recently. He replaces Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who retired from government service in Oct after just barely serving as Chief justice for 3 months. Short as it may seem, these presidential appointees have it in their records that their decisions are in line with the President’s goal of serving the people.
Earlier, the new CJ had something to ask: “Welcome me, I ask you to welcome me, to love me, to support me,” 25th Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin told Supreme Court officials and employees during his first flag ceremony as a head of the judiciary.
Accidental CJ with a Purpose
Bersamin added: “I am an accidental chief justice but that is not a statement of apology. I do not apologize to anyone for having been appointed because that is the wisdom of the President, who is the appointing power. Please accept me.” Despite his humility, it is obvious that the opposition is always insecure about Bersamin’s voting for the ouster of Sereno and the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery. They can only guess how he would vote for the VP case ruling.