The undersigned judges adopt the official stand of Negros Occidental Regional Trial Court Judges Association [NORTCJA])
“We are saddened by the recent pronouncements from some court personnel, employees’ associations and unions calling for the resignation of the Chief Justice.
We ask that we should stand together, not for or with any personality, but for the institution.
We do not wish to be part of the issues besetting the Supreme Court and its personnel as our priority is to keep the courts open and to serve our people. We are not politicians. We do not have the luxury of publicly expressing our sentiments, unless prompted by the situation. This is one of those times that our voices need to be heard.
We call for sobriety and prudence. We ask our fellow judges to remember our oath to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law; to be impartial and reserve judgment until all evidence have been presented; to be non-partisan and let due process take its course. WE STAND FOR AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY.”
Together with them we urge our fellow judges that our unity be based on our solemn oath and abide by what has been set by the Constitution. We stand together for one independent judiciary.
Maria Clarissa L. Pacis-Trinidad
Branch 36, Iriga City
Soliman M. Santos, Jr.
Branch 61, Naga City
Vivencio Gregorio G. Atutubo III
Branch 32, Pili, Camarines Sur