SC Needs Public Help to Unmask Corrupt in Judiciary

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SC Needs Public Help to Unmask Corrupt in Judiciary


Without public assistance, the Supreme Court (SC) cannot unmask the corrupt members of the judiciary, Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor Leonen told yesterdays forum on judicial reforms at the Ateneo Law School in Makati City. You want to help the judiciary? Lawyers should come forward to provide corrective measure. I am not asking you to be heroes. I am telling you that this is the effect of doing nothing, Leonen said. [caption id="attachment_157435" align="alignright" width="178"] JUSTICE LEONEN[/caption] He then turned to lawyers organizations to do their part in combatting corruption in the judiciary. Lawyers organizations should do something about this. What have they done to be able to capture and reduce all this? he asked. Leonen lamented that for doing nothing about the corruption they witnessed, seasoned law practitioners are actually doing the younger ones a disservice. Corruption is not normal. It is not what our people deserve. Doing the right thing should be what is normal, he stressed. He pointed out that courtesy calls with judges or justices that turn into a meeting where particular cases are discussed are simply unethical. Integrity is a difficult principle to live up to. To have integrity is to have ones level of self-esteem or character. Its difficult to feed your children using money that comes from corruption, he said. Leonen heads the SC committee that investigated the alleged fixing activities of a certain Maam Arlene in the judiciary. …

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