YES to Jury System for FilipinosDaisy Brett-Holt
JURY SYSTEM is a judicial process where a group of ordinary people are called by law to decide serious legal case brought to court for investigation and trial.
Ito ay isang pamamaran upang ang ordinaryong Pilipino ay maaring ihabla ang sinuman, mayaman man o mahirap na gumawa ng seryosong krimen sa kapwa o sa madla.
Ano ang Kagandahan of the Jury System?
- Ito ay nagbibigay kapangyarihan sa ating mga Pilipino na patakbuhin ang ating gobyerno sa sa pamamagitan ng pantay-pantay na paghatol sa mga nagkakasala.
- Sapagkat sila ang humahatol, ang bayarán (bribery) o pananakot (coercion) ay hindi na papayagang mangyari.
- Ang mga seryosong civil o criminal na kaso ay mabilis na nadidisisyonan. Ang mga kaso ay maaaring tumagal mula sa tatlong araw hangang dalawang taon lamang. Maaari lamang ikulong ang isang akusado kung ito ay napatunayang may sala.
- Ang panloloko, pandaraya at pandarambong ng mga tauhan ng gobyerno ay mahihinto dahil sa ang sinumang mahuli at mapatunayang nagkasala ay maaring makulong o ma-fine or both.
- Ang mga kasong “Land grabbing” ay mabilis na maiimbestigahan at madidisisyonan.
- Ang mga biktima ng krimen ay ikokompensate ng tama at sapat.
- It will unite the Christians, Muslims and Ethnic groups who will sit together as the jurors.
- The Filipino people’s character will change from corrupt to fair and just. They will be proud to be called Pilipinos na may lahing Maharlika.
TWO TYPES OF JURIES
The GRAND JURY is composed of 23, highly educated members called JURORS; chosen by lottery from the electoral register and who remain anonymous. They serve as juror for a term of 6 months only and receive a compensation that is twice the minimum wage.
The GRAND JURY has the power to:
- Secretly investigate a suspect to find if there was a probable cause within 45 days from the date it begins investigation;
- It decides with a fixed majority rule by secret ballot; and
- Indicts directly crime offenders in court.
The TRIAL JURY is composed of 12 ordinary citizens, also called JURORS, at least 21 years old, can read and write and educated enough to be able to process simple facts. They do not have to be professionals. They are chosen by lottery from the electoral register to participate in deciding serious civil or criminal cases. They serve for the duration of the trial and paid the minimum wage.
The TRIAL JURY has the power to:
- Decide whether the accused is guilty or innocent with a fixed majority rule by secret ballot.
Its decision is final!
NOTE: JURORS SHALL REMAIN ANONYMOUS.
The Presiding Judge enforces court order; rules on the admissibility of evidence and educates the jurors on how to serve in the jury. He does not participate in the decision making.
WHAT OUR CONTITUTION says:
Article II Section 1 of the Constitution states that: “The Philippines is a Democratic and Republican state. Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them.”
As a Democratic country, we the people are given the right to one and only one vote in a national election. As a Republican country, we have two (2) more votes to spare:
The right to vote through a GRAND JURY and the right to vote in a TRIAL JURY.
Ito ang ating paraan para alisin ang mga namumuno sa gobyerno na manloloko, mandaraya at mandarambong. Ito rin ang makakaalis sa mga pribadong mamamayan na lumalabag nang ating Saligang Batas.
Article VI Section 32 of the Constitution states that:
The Congress shall, as early as possible, provide for a system of initiative and referendum, and the exceptions therefrom, whereby the people can directly propose and enact laws or approve or reject any act or law thereof passed by the Congress or local legislative body after the registration of a petition …
Samakatuwid, tayo ay may kapangyarihan na mag directly propose and enact laws and approve and reject any act or law passed by the Congress after the registration of a petition.
Paano natin ito ipatutupad?
Ayon sa RA 6735 ACT o People’s Initiative Referendum Act _The power of the people to directly propose, enact, approve or reject, in whole or in part, the Constitution, laws, ordinances or resolutions passed by any legislative body upon compliance with the requirements of this Act is hereby affirmed, recognised and guaranteed.
What are the requirements that we have to comply with?
- Collect 5.4 Million registered voters’ signatures on a petition to enact the National Jury Law.
- Submit to the COMELEC the completed Signature Sheets for signature authentication and verification of the number of signatures. 7 Million shall be collected to make up for the disqualified signatures.
- COMELEC sets the date for a Referendum 90 days or less from the date the 5.4M is achieved and verified.
- Hold a National Referendum asking the 54 Million Filipino voters if they are in favour of the JURY SYSTEM.
- Implementation of NJL by the Supreme Court if majority of the voters want a JURY SYSTEM.
Why don’t we ask the Congress to do it?
We are not amending or revising the Constitution; we are enacting a law_ the
NATIONAL JURY LAW
As written by Atty Marlowe Camello
What the scripture says:
“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.”
Book 2 Chronicles 7:14
What is in the Jury System for us? us?
“If you want Peace, work for Justice.”
Pope Paul VI
Justice begets Peace, Peace begets Unity and Prosperity
The Philippines is rich in natural resources but only few own them and are not shared with the many. Only a just and fair society can balance this inequality
Do not be a bystander! Join us. Contribute in funding the collection of 7 Million Signatures and Sign our petition for a National Jury Law.
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NatWest, Camberley, WPJI Account No 60 22 03 – 62612387 or
BDO, Pasig, Worldwide Philippine Jury Initiative (PH) Account No 7890029079.