PH Judges Association slams criticism of judiciary from Ressa’s supporters after conviction

PH Judges Association slams criticism of judiciary from Ressa’s supporters after conviction

They are standing for their colleague in the profession, as the image of the “robe” is being publicly tarnished principally because of the personalities involved in the conviction.
The Philippine Judges Association (PJA)  made it public that they are denouncing the critics and detractors against the judiciary due to the cyber libel conviction of Rappler’s Maria Ressa and its former reporter Reynaldo Santos, Jr.
“The PJA strongly denounces these abusive attacks and criticisms hurled against the courts, judges and the judiciary!” read the statement of PJA President, Judge Felix Reyes.

Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa
(photo credit to owner)

The Philippine Judges Association (PJA) President made the statement over “how the judiciary is being dragged and vilified just because a decision was rendered in a manner not acceptable to the parties therein.”

“The public must come to grips with the vital role of the courts in a functioning role of the courts in a functioning democracy,” he stated.
“Courts settle controversies on the basis of facts and law,” he added

PJA also reminded the parties that when a party loses a cases “there are remedies under the law.”
“This kind of system makes people rely upon our courts with substantial certainty; it encourages the resolution of disputes in courtrooms rather than on the streets,” the magistrate pointed out.
“Abusive cricticisms and unfounded innuendoes hurled against courts and judges erode the public’s trust and confidence on the very institution tasked to protect the people’s rights,” he said.

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