Lawyer warns of collapse of justice system if trust in DOJ is lost

A former head of the Philippine Bar Association warned on Saturday that the justice system could collapse if interference or influence is perceived in the illegal drug case of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla’s son.

“The law should not be influenced. The justice secretary and even the judges must be fair and impartial,” Domingo said in an interview with Teleradyo.

Public confidence in the judicial process must be maintained, he said.

“The Department of Justice is one of the five pillars of the justice system. The five pillars are law enforcement, prosecution, justice, penology and our community. If people lose faith in any of these pillars, our justice system will crumble,” Domingo said.

“The key to maintaining this is people’s trust in the justice system,” he added.

Remulla’s eldest son, Juanito Jose Diaz Remulla III, has been charged with breaching Section 11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for alleged possession of alleged kush worth approximately $1.3 million of pesos.

The case carries a sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of 500,000 to 10 million pula.

Jennah Marie Dela Cruz, a member of the Las Piñas City Attorney’s Office, said Secretary Remulla did not intervene in the case.

“There was never any intervention from the Secretary of Justice. We haven’t received any calls from anyone,” she said.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Friday there was no basis for calls on social media for the Justice Secretary to step down.

“You’re asking someone to quit if they’re not doing their job or if they’ve behaved badly in that job. He did just the opposite,” Mr. Marcos said.

“He has taken the very appropriate position that he recuses himself of any involvement in his son’s case,” he added.

Meanwhile, more lawmakers have rallied behind Sec. Remulla.

“This call for the resignation of SOJ Remulla is premature and unnecessary. This will only cloud the case of her son who is already a consenting adult,” said House Majority Leader and Zamboanga City Representative Jose Manuel Dalipe.

Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr., for his part, vouched for the integrity of the Justice Secretary.

“I have known Secretary Boying for more than three decades professionally and personally, and can attest to his exemplary integrity and utmost dignity,” he said.

“There are no parents, friends or siblings when it comes to his highest standards of professionalism. Boying always puts country and service to people first,” added Haresco.