MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has warned that it will not hesitate to punish judges who are found to have violated their duties.
In his speech at the inauguration of the new Hall of Justice in Makati City, Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo said that any violation by a judge of the canons for judicial ethics will be subject to administrative proceedings and will be punished accordingly.
“We will not let go of any shortcomings or misbehavior, or any violation committed by our Judges with respect to our Constitutional mandate.”
The chief justice explained that although the SC is ready to protect judges in frivolous cases against them, they will not hesitate to punish judges who are found to have violated their duty and the constitution.
Gesmundo clarified the importance of being balanced in order to raise the public’s view of the judiciary.
“What we are trying to say now is that we have to shift our mindset of how the people look at the Judiciary. In fact, not only the Judiciary, but the entire legal profession is part of that call to try to improve or innovate,” ani Gesmundo. Teresa Tavares
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