Today is Sunday, September 23, 2018

Republic of the Philippines Court of Appeals Manila Covenant

The recent turn of events has plunged the credibility of our Court to its lowest. Our reputation as an institution has been badly tarnished. We have been subjected to sweeping generalizations, have been called names, have been despised and insulted. Yes, the tide of adverse public opinion has left us battered and bruised. And we are silently hurting. Our hearts cannot help but grieve.

But we will not be cowed into helplessness nor shall we give up. Instead, we shall take this devastating situation as a challenge and pin our hope on our God who will vindicate us. We shall prove our detractors wrong. We shall show them that we are not the kind of magistrates they perceive us to be.

Here and now, we will not point an accusing finger at each other, for as the Holy Scripture says, we move on “forgetting what is past and striving forward to the goal that is set before us”. More than anything else, we, with one heart and one mind, solemnly make a covenant to dispense justice with honor, independence, impartiality and integrity; to be subservient only to the truth; to give our utmost in everything that we do; to continue doing good; and to hold ourselves accountable to the Supreme Judge so that our Court may be a haven of fairness and righteousness.

Together we shall arise, overcome and emerge victorious. By God's grace, we shall move forward, fully strengthened and healed. We shall give meaning to the adage that the Court shall be the last bastion of democracy.


September 15, 2008, Manila, Philippines.

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