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PIA Press Release
2007/09/04

Commentary: Erap's verdict, a case of justice beyond politics

Manila (4 September) -- Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales appealed yesterday to the public to accept whatever verdict the Sandiganbayan would issue on the plunder case against ousted President Joseph Estrada.

He understands that if the former President is convicted, it will be hard for some people. But we need to abide by the rule of law or else it will lose its credibility.

We have laws that prosecute for different types of crime, may it be for civilians or for government officials and we should respect the outcome. We should not make it a habit to judge a person's guilt or innocence on the streets as it would serve as a precedent for other cases that may follow.

If a person is guilty, then it will come out of the investigation. Due process is a thorough analysis of all evidence presented. But if the verdict is not what the people want, it does not mean it is a lie.

It is about time that we obey laws, and not just go to the streets every time we are not satisfied. Filipinos - as good citizens - should not be like that.

This is a case of justice. It's beyond politics. It's a case of morality. It's a question of what's right or wrong. What is right and wrong cannot be denied because the Lord Almighty is keeping a close watch. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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