'Judiciary will not be dormant under my watch,' says Chief Justice Corona

June 12, 2010 9:02 pm 

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, June 12 – As the country celebrates its 112th Independence Day Saturday, Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona assured the public that the judiciary will not remain dormant in his watch and vowed to continue the reforms instituted by his predecessor, retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno.

"We shall not have a dormant judiciary in my watch. To be sure, a strong, competent, incorruptible and independent judiciary is the protector of our rights and liberties, and without doubt, the last bulwark of democracy," the newly-appointed SC chief said.

He also vowed to continue the reforms begun, which aims to improve the judiciary even further in every aspect possible, and strengthen the great institution of the SC.

"Certainly, much still remains to be done as the quest for fairness, justice and right is a never-ending pursuit. Mindful of the spectrum of public opinion, as well as the fact that I have more than eight years to serve our people, I say with all humility: let history be the inerrant judge of the Corona Court," he further said.

Corona said that the reforms started by his predecessor should also be complemented by developments within the judicial system.

"Among the programs we intend to pay close attention to are the decentralization of functions of the Office of the Court Administrator and the strengthening of the integrity values in the Judiciary. The objective is to bring our courts closer to the people and make the judiciary more responsive and relevant to the needs of the court users," Corona said.

"In this light, and with all candor, I acknowledge that I have stepped into gigantic shoes. Former Chief Justice Puno, truly an intellectual aristocrat, has instituted far-reaching and significant judicial reforms whose consequences, without doubt, will resonate well into the future," he said.

"However, as I pledged when I entered upon the duties of Chief Justice of the SC, I will serve with utmost fidelity to this call of public duty to serve God and country," Corona said. (PNA)

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