AMRSP Statement of Solidarity to the Jericho March for Justice

AMRSP Statement of Solidarity to the Jericho March for Justice
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:19 1 Corinthians 12:26

The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines expresses its solidarity with the Jericho March for Justice.

Together with other concerned citizens of our country, we feel that the process of unseating the Chief Justice is not right. Shortcuts are inimical to the what our justice system stands for. Why not follow the proper and legal procedure which may take a longer time? Haste makes waste. Shortcuts cause short circuits and damage the whole system.

We, the major religious superiors, are sad because of what is happening in the Supreme Court. The justices do not work anymore as one, but in shambles. Politics has truly invaded our justice system. Now can we still know the truth? Can we still attain justice from the highest court of the land?

Brothers and sisters of the high court, most of you, if not all, are God-fearing. In one way or another, you have been influenced by the teachings of our Church or your church or your civic institution. We, together with the participants of the Jericho March for Justice and those cannot march, beg you to restore your integrity as justices and the integrity of the Court. Use all legal remedies. You alone can do it. Restore the damage done due to your in-fightings, by being reconciled to one another. You too are humans, we understand, but listen also to our voices. Listen to your hearts. You cannot serve our nation by concentrating on technicalities.

Your Excellencies, please preserve your independence. Preserve our hard-earned democracy. Impose upon yourselves also the rule of law, rule of charity which benefits all Filipino people, not just a few.

The Jericho March for Justice is a wakeup call for you and for all who love democratic and freedom which are now under attack and in danger. We cannot reach the Promised Land if we do not march through Jericho to the freedom land, “flowing with milk and honey.”

All we are saying is “give peace a chance.” Simply put, “You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother/sister in his/her dispute.” (Exod. 23:6)

Signed:

Co-Chairpersons
Fr. Cielito R. Almazan, OFM
Sr. Regina T. Kuizon, RGS

Vice Co-Chairpersons
Fr. Eduardo C. Apungan, CMF
Sr. Julie A. Saguibo, SFIC

Board Members
Fr. Anthony Paul E. Bicomong, SDB
Sr. Niceta M. Vargas, OSA
Fr. Copernicus V. Perez, CSsR
Sr. Marife Leslie C. Luna, LGC
Fr. Joseph DC Matitu, SSS
Sr. Gertrude R. Neri, TDM
Br. Jose Mari L. Jimenez, FSC
Sr. Josephine P. Mata, FA
Fr. Aaron A. Bamba, OC
Sr. Sofia D. Taguinod, OP
Fr. Eugene P. Lopez, OFMCap