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Penalize retiring justices if they fail to resolve cases

09:01 AM May 07, 2019

I found former chief justice Artemio Panganiban’s comment about Supreme Court justices retiring and leaving thousands of cases unresolved discombobulating (“Why SC’s plan to end backlog failed,” 5/5/19). He noted that “some retiring justices merely left the backlog to their successors…” without consequence. But if Justices Antonio Carpio, Diosdado Peralta, Mariano del Castillo and Estela Perlas-Bernabe could virtually wipe out their own backlog, why couldn’t the others?

There ought to be a way to make the other justices of that court accountable for their mediocre performance or nonperformance. Letting them leave with the full monetary benefits of retirement in the tens of millions of taxpayer money is highway robbery!

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Why not deduct P1 million from their retirement loot for every 50 or 100 cases they had sat on and failed to resolve? Tingnan lang natin kung wala
pa rin matutong rumespeto sa Constitution!

CHIN CHIN KATIGBAK, cckatigbak@yahoo.com.ph

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