#SCwatch: JBC public interviews, Day 4

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#SCwatch: JBC public interviews, Day 4

Day 4 of the JBC public interviews for the nominees for Chief Justice

  • Sereno: Walang katotohanan na gusto ko pahirapan ang mga magsasaka. Walang record na sinabi ko kung magkano ang figure na dapat bayaran sa Hacienda Luisita. #SCwatch
  • Sereno: The longer it (the case) stays, the more the sense of injustice intensifies. #SCwatch
  • Sereno says she maintained the expectations of people with her in terms of the duties she needed/needs fulfilled/to fulfill. #SCwatch
  • Sereno: If we are to be believed by people, we have to be consistent with our decisions. #SCwatch
  • Sereno when asked what her judicial philosophy is: I believe that Justice in order to be justice must also be rendered in a credible manner. #SCwatch
  • Sereno on revival of death penalty law: It is not our role to make policies. We cannot replace the opinion of the majority of the people. #SCWatch
  • Sereno: Our duty is to apply the law. Our personal preferences and opinion should not sip deeply. #SCwatch
  • Sereno when told to describe Justice in 3 words: Vision. Courage. Accountabiity. #SCwatch
  • Sereno: The preamble reflects the Filipino community: God-fearing, a lover of community and of self, asking of the aid of Divine Providence, dreaming of a just society. #SCwatch
  • Sereno: SC justices have the quality of being able to laugh with each other after a heated argument. #SCwatch
  • JBC ends interview w/ SC Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Next is Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr. #SCWatch
  • Here's Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco's profile: www.scribd.com #SCwatch
  • Velasco: I believe that LGUs, who are financially capable, should be the one obliged for the construction of the courtrooms. #SCwatch
  • Velasco: The rules of the IBP are clear, however, there is a rotation of the selection of governors that sometimes is not strictly followed. It's about time that the by-laws of the IBP should already be reviewed. #SCwatch
  • Velasco: I had a difficult time deciding whether I will accept or not (my nomination for CJ). For one, I believed that Carpio should be CJ because I believe in the seniority of the court. I had a change of mind because I may be considered as a selfish person if I will not accept it because I realized I have a wealth of experience behind me. #SCwatch
  • Velasco on 'cooling' period post-#CoronaTrial: We have to move on because there are pending cases. Business as usual. #SCwatch
  • Velasco: One of the main causes of delay is the lack of sufficient number of public attorneys. #SCwatch
  • Velasco: Fewer lawyers want to take part in legal aid. IBP should focus on this. There should be a reso on mandatory legal aid. #SCwatch
  • Velasco is 2nd most senior Assoc. Justice in SC. He says his strength is his wealth of experience: I have edge over some of aspirants. #SCwatch
  • Velasco says he has good relationships w/ members of court & knows the problems of the court: What we need is case management. #SCwatch
  • Velasco commends Carpio for implementing the zero backlog project. #SCwatch
  • Velasco suggests CCTV cameras in the courtroom: It's not costly. It may not entirely prevent corruption but it may help. #SCwatch
  • Velasco: Aspiring judges should undergo a training course in preparing resolutions.
  • Velasco: A judge should see to it that there is no delay (in a case) - that all evidences are presented w/in a time frame. #SCwatch
  • All 20 interviews completed. JBC Presiding Officer Diosdado Peralta: Mabuhay ang Pilipinas, Korte Suprema. Session is ended. #SCwatch
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