300 women judges attend confab in Tacloban

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Monday, March 11, 2013


AROUND 300 women justices and judges led by Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno arrived in Tacloban City on March 6 & 7, 2013 to attend the 18th Annual Convention of the Philippine Women Judges Association at the Oriental Hotel.

In the evening of March 6, the honorable members of the Bench – put their hair down, donned colorful, flower-printed dresses accessorized with leis and flower-hair bands – took to the floor – singing, dancing and bonding the evening away at a Luau reception hosted by Mayor Alfred and Councilor Cristina Romualdez at Patio Victoria.

During those fun-filled hours, they forgot all thought-provoking decisions that have been and are yet to be made – they set aside heart-rending sanctions they have to impose on guilty litigants – they thoroughly enjoyed the evening with their Madame Chief Justice – Maria Lourdes Sereno who struck us as a very warm, very amiable and out-reaching magistrate.

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And of course – very attractive – svelte figure – peachy-pink complexion! Her colleagues in the judiciary, SC Justices Tess de Castro and Estela Bernable, CA Justices Remy Salazar Fernando, Rosemary Carandang, CTA Justices Espi Fabon Victorino, Amelia Manalastas were just as out-going, friendly, all good-looking especially in their flowery attire. So were the RTC and MTC judges from all over the country many of whom were first-timers to our City and Region.

To Your Honors – it was our pleasure to have met you – broken bread with you – and enjoyed your illustrious company. It is a tribute to the appointing powers that more and more women are being appointed to our Courts – for although both men and women are basically, essentially the same – God made woman tender, graceful, compassionate – which traits are surely manifested in their adjudication of cases and dispensation of justice.

For although Justice is their primary concern – there is still another virtue – Charity – which must come hand in hand with justice in dealing with imperfect human beings.

It is however extremely difficult to be both just and charitable – for when one is just – he tends to be unkind; on the other hand – when one practices charity (synonymous with love!) – he tends to be unjust.

Oftentimes – we love the unlovable!

It would take a morally strong, spiritually endowed, caring, compassionate jurist to make thought-provoking, heart-rending decisions that are both just and kind. And we look up to our women in the judiciary to do make these almost impossible – near miraculous decisions – with the hope that they – in their sphere of action – can bring peace and harmony in our country and give to our fellow-countrymen the assurance that in our Courts they will receive what is their due – based mainly on facts, the – verified truth – and nothing else! (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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