By Omar Mundo
November 23, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – Acknowledging that under the present dispensation the poor people are often punished for the crimes they did not commit, Team Abtik congressional aspirant Junex Doronio has pledged that — if elected — he will push for the establishment of a jury system to ensure “justice for one and all.”
Doronio also endorsed the senatorial bid of retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo “Guillor” Eleazar who batted for the strengthening of the criminal justice system.
“Adopting trial-by-jury will improve the quality of legal justice in the Philippines because the process will be more transparent and speedier, and the jury must be composed of respected men and women in the community thereby reducing delays and eliminating corruption and miscarriage of justice,” he said.
The Team Abtik congressional bet further explained that under his envisioned jury system, there will be a shift from the current legal court structure headed by a one-man judge to litigation decided by a panel of jury of men and women who are known for their integrity and credibility.
Doronio also lauded the stance of Eleazar in strengthening the justice system in the country.
“Pinakamaganda pa din na palakasin natin ang criminal justice system natin, dahil kung masisiguro natin na mapaparusahan ang mga yan, eh ‘yun ang ating best crime prevention (It’s much better to strengthen our criminal justice system, because if we ensure that the criminals get punished, that’s the best crime prevention measure.),” Eleazar said.
The former PNP chief added: “It’s better to free or acquit ten guilty persons rather than to make suffer or to convict one innocent man.” (ai/mtvn)