Amidst the calls for charter change, PGMA’s apparent effort to lure the Catholic Church into dancing with her and her cohorts through the commutation of death sentence, our justice system gets another blow from no other than the justice secretary himself.
Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez today downgraded the case filed against three of the four suspects in the Subic rape case, namely SSgt. Chad Carpentier, Lance Cpl. Dominic Duplantis and Lance Cpl. Keith Silkwood. After reviewing the case, the DOJ decided to make them â€œaccessories to the crimeâ€ instead of considering them as prime suspects since he says, there is not enough evidence to prove that they conspired to commit the crime.
Gonzalez even went far as to saying that he shouldâ€™ve exonerated the three if not for what he called â€œmobâ€ whom he wanted to satisfy.
And what do we have to say about this clear lambasting of our right to justice? Secretary Gonzalez should go to the United States where his â€œsharpnessâ€ is clearly needed. Maybe then he could get Bush off the hook from all his crimes.
Perhaps there is a need to scrap some provisions in the constitution particularly those in our bill of rights to remain true to what is clearly happening in our country right now.
Article 3 Section 16 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution states, â€œAll persons shall have the right to a speedy disposition of their cases before all judicial, quasi-judicial, or administrative bodies.â€ All persons meaning the rich, the privileged and that includes some US marine men who raped our women.