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Statement of Concern signatories

A group of concerned individuals from the Intergrated Bar of the Philippines {IBP}, the Philippine Association of Law Schools and from various law schools in the country, issued this Statement of Concern {which I am partially quoting}:

We believe that a stable judicial system is the cornerstone of a healthy economic and business environment. Local and foreign investors will be encouraged to invest in a place where they are assured that courts will function normally, will observe the rule of law, and will level the playing field for everyone.

We believe that underlying a stable judicial system is respect for the finality and immutability of judgments, which tells us that, at the risk of occasional errors, litigation must come to an end some time and the winning party must be allowed to enjoy the fruits of his victory…

We are alarmed beyond words. The case of Pioneer Insurance and Surety Corporation vs. Keppel Cebu Shipyard, Inc. transcends the private commercial interests of the parties as it involves the abandonment of sacrosanct legal doctrines that are the strength of any legal system. The case has opened the floodgate for zombie cases. From now on, no final judgment will ever remain final. Immutability of judgments will become a fiction of law. The entire judicial system will fall into disrepute.

We respectfully appeal to the Supreme Court NOT TO ABANDON the sacred and time honoured principle of immutability of judgments but to continue applying it and thereby restore and preserve the stability of our judicial system.

In the light of the recent controversies involving our Supreme Court, starting with the SteelCorp questionable liquidation proceedings, to the Pioneer Vs. Keppel fiasco, and now to the dodgy decision on the graft case against Nueva Ecija Mayor Efren Alvarez, I would like to join these concern citizens’ plea for a better judiciary system in our country.

Much has been said about the issues and a lot of individuals opined that a healthy judicial system is a great factor in building a prosperous and progressive society. If only for my peace of mind that the Philippines will be a better country for my little man to thrive in in the future, I do wish positive changes start happening now.

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