“Smart,” “sweet,” “strict” and “brave.” - description of Judge Solis-Reyes former colleague in PAO

“Smart,” “sweet,” “strict” and “brave.” - description of Judge Solis-Reyes former colleague in PAO

The very brave Quezon City Branch 221 Presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes is now on the spotlight for being the one who presided the controversial Maguindanao Massacre case.
The case was dubbed as the single deadliest attack on journalists worldwide, and one of the bloodiest massacres in Philippine history, the conflict started from erstwhile allies turned fiercest of rivals.

Two political clans each has its own powerful sphere, the Ampatuans ruled the province of Maguindanao for decades, while the Mangudadatus were lords of Sultan Kudarat. 
Former PAO colleagues, PAO Chief Persida Acosta and Judge Josie Solis-Reyes
(photo credit to owner)

The original judge assigned to this case Branch 84 Presiding Judge Luisito Cortez had to let go of this case for the fear that harm may be done to his family by the Ampatuan’s.
Judge Solis-Reyes, not known for any high-profile case before, did not hesitate to take on the responsibility of handling the case.
“Tinanggap niya kaagad (She readily accepted). Sabi niya (she said), ‘What I can only say is that it was raffled to my sala, and I am ready to take over the case,’” said then-Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy chief for operations Jefferson Soriano

Solis-Reyes would ask the 10 police escorts being offered by the PNP to leave.
“As of now, sinabi niya sa akin (she said to me), ‘General, I do not need yet any security. I think I will not need one, but if I will need one, I will call you,’” Soriano said

How is Judge Solis-Reyes as an officer of the court?

Public Attorney’s office (PAO) head chief Persida Acosta describes Solis-Reyes, who was her colleague at the PAO Manila district office, as “smart,” “sweet,” “strict” and “brave.”

Judge Solis-Reyes prior to being a member of the bench was with PAO for three years in the 1990s.
Chief Acosta believes Judge Solis-Reyes is incorruptible. 
“More than one year kami nagsama… kilalang-kilala ko siya dahil siya ay isang smarteng lawyer. Sabi nga, mabait pero estrikta, 'yun ang kanyang personality. Malambing, pero kung ano 'yung tama, 'yun ang tama; kung mali, mali. Ganoon si Josie," Acosta said.
(We were together for more than a year... I knew her well because she is a smart lawyer. As they say, kind but strict, that's her personality. Sweet, but she goes with what is right; what's wrong is wrong.)

“Matapang kasi, ano 'yan eh, walang inuurungan 'yan eh. Ang personality niya, straight 'yan. Talagang...kumbaga, nakita ko na hindi siya maba-bribe ng kahit sino,” Acosta said.
(She's brave, she does not cower. She has a straight personality... I saw that she can't be bribed by anyone.)

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