Here is the legal equivalent of the old philosophical question, about the tree falling in the forest without anyone within earshot: If justice is rendered 18 years and 8 months after the gruesome crime, is it still justice?
By Neal H. Cruz
The Philippines, I am sure, is in the Guinness World Records as the country with the slowest judicial system.
Notwithstanding the brickbats being hurled at Senate investigations into the alleged corrupt practices of Vice President Jejomar Binay as nothing more than grandstanding theatrics or worse (e.g., “in aid of election” to a higher office), they serve a very useful purpose.
In Filipino culture, we usually mark “babang luksa” exactly a year after a loved one had passed away. We put aside our deep-hued and black clothes of mourning for brighter ones, as if to step beyond our grieving and pain. It is supposed to be a public act by which we “let go of mourning” and declare that it is time to move on and start a new life.
By Fr. Pete Montallana
I could not believe that despite the bad publicity that the police received from the “hulidap” incident on Edsa last Sept. 1, law enforcers would do it again. I was sad and angry when I visited on Sept. 29 two Agta mothers—Marites Marquez, 43, and Rosario Marquez, 37—in jail in Tanay, crying and wondering why they ended up there.