Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has called on trial judges to be accountable not to the appointing power, but to the people.
Marcos made the call during the 19th National Convention Seminar of the Philippine Trial Judges League, Incorporated held today at Fort Ilocandia, Ilocos Norte. He was the guest speaker of the convention with the theme, “Integrity, Transparency and Accountability.”
“Accountability is important, not to anyone else, but to the citizenry. Accountability not to the appointing power, but to the sovereign Filipino people, from whom all government authority emanates,” he said.
Marcos stressed accountability means trial judges should be able to justify their decisions in any forum where their impartiality are being attacked and questioned.
“The kind of accountability that the decisions rendered can be defended not only in the higher or appellate courts, but also in any other places, be it in Plaza Miranda or before the parliament of the streets,” he said.
Marcos added that integrity, transparency and accountability must be permanently adopted by the Philippine Trial Judges League and use them in the judiciary to cement itself as the final bastion of justice and democracy.
“And finally, get rid of the irksome stereotype of ‘hoodlums in robes’ that had been baptized the Philippine judiciary in the 1990s,” he said.