JURY SYSTEM 101

“A Jury is a group of citizens chosen randomly by their own peers, and sworn to do and decide justice for their community on a case-by-case basis. The Jury System, then, is a judicial device with the special social purpose to secure the SUPREME WILL OF THE PEOPLE to decide without arbitrariness a judicial issue of whether a person accused or indicted in court should be convicted by the people for his criminal act. It prevents abusive, arbitrary and unbridled [...]

THE PROMISES OF THE JURY SYSTEM

What are the hellish conditions in the present Philippines that a Jury System aims to eradicate? Powerlessness of citizens Atty. Marlowe Camello states: “The Filipino People can do more than just electing public officials, because the People are sovereign. It is within their supreme power to participate in the affairs of justice with their judicial officials (prosecutors, judges, justices, and the Ombudsman) in the power to decide on cases in court. Presently, the set-up of our justice system is such that [...]

WHAT HAVE WE DONE SO FAR?

How have we managed in dealing with the challenges brought about by the defects in our political system? STOP GAP MEASURES Poverty alleviation is addressed by stop gap measures that usually boil down to dole-outs. Some of the billions spent on the non-foolproof 4Ps of the Department of Social Welfare and Development could be better spent on livelihood projects especially in the provinces. This would also unclog the cities and focus on badly needed agricultural programs. For too long, teachers tell [...]

CONS OF COLONIZATION

At the start, the Philippines was like a Garden of Eden with its rich resources enabling the Indigenous People to flourish in life. Biblical scholars refer to the Philippines as Ophir, the “Land of Gold”. We can see how they still manage to this day, despite being forced to the hills. Equitably distributing whatever they have, there is no need to loot the stores as the lowlanders did after super typhoon Yolanda. Goodness, Aetas can even make fire by [...]

THE WAY WE WERE

At the start, the Philippines was like a Garden of Eden with its rich resources enabling the Indigenous People to flourish in life. Biblical scholars refer to the Philippines as Ophir, the “Land of Gold”. We can see how they still manage to this day, despite being forced to the hills. Equitably distributing whatever they have, there is no need to loot the stores as the lowlanders did after super typhoon Yolanda. Goodness, Aetas can even make fire by [...]

NOW IS THE TIME TO CHANGE

The toppling of the former President (Turned Dictator) Ferdinand Marcos was our chance to straighten our heavily flawed political system. We did not. The leaders of the coup d’état must have realized even then the problems of our system. Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel Ramos, two of the finest minds in law and the military, were at some point educated in America and thus, well-versed in the Jury System. Why did neither of these Filipino leaders suggest its adoption? Did they [...]

WHY DO WE NEED A JURY SYSTEM IN THE PHILIPPINES?

  In the 1900s when the American Colonizers imported the basis of our present day constitution, they omitted the jury system for fear of the Filipinos undermining their authority. Their excuse was that we did not have the intellectual ability and cultural sophistication to judge our peers competently. What was the effect of this omission on our national psyche? The Americans, the British and the Europeans took hundreds of years, many wars and conflicts to achieve the culture and political sophistication [...]

GRAND JURY VS. GRANDSTANDING

GRAND JURY VS. GRANDSTANDING If we had a Jury System, the “zarzuela” or “teleserye” in Congress that is often shown on our televisions, heard over radios, and read in the morning papers would not be happening! This is what is called GRANDSTANDING! It is tantamount to our Senate and House of Representatives washing the country’s dirty linen in public. So, what? What is wrong with the oppressed Filipino people knowing all the KABABAWAN, KATANGAHAN, KABALUKTUTAN (KKK) of our said leaders? All these [...]

NOW IS THE TIME TO CHANGE

The toppling of the former President (turned Dictator) Ferdinand Marcos was our chance to straighten our heavily flawed political system. We did not. The leaders of the coup d’état must have realized even then the problems of our system. Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel Ramos, two of the finest minds in law and the military, were at some point educated in America and thus, well-versed in the Jury System. Why did neither of these Filipino leaders suggest its adoption? Did they foresee investigations on themselves? True enough, they were both questioned on anomalies during their respective terms of [...]

NOW IS THE TIME TO CHANGE

ONLY THE JURY SYSTEM CAN BREAK OUR GOVERNMENT’S MONOPOLY OF THE PRESENT SLOW, INEFFICIENT AND INEFFECTIVE JUDICIAL SYSTEM. Matthew 16:18 states: “And I tell you that you are Peter (The Rock). And on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it.” This implies that man should build his house on strong foundation so that nothing could prevail against it. What our country needs is GOOD GOVERNANCE PLUS A JURY SYSTEM in whatever form of government we will eventually have, putting a [...]