By Randy David
Following the Department of Justice’s raid of the detention quarters of the New Bilibid Prison’s very important prisoners last Monday, President Aquino expressed great alarm over the discovery of firearms in the possession of these dangerous detainees.
Justice delayed is, it turns out, not only justice denied, it is fatal—yes, fatal. That is, to people involved in the trial of those accused to be behind the Nov. 23, 2009, Ampatuan massacre.
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.