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Bersamin vows judicial independence: ‘Di ako laging papanig sa gobyerno!

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Newly appointed Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin has assured the Supreme Court (SC) will continue to exercise judicial independence.

Prior become chief justice, Bersamin reminded he has always showed his independence concerning cases involving the government.

“There are times I join the decision against the government, sometimes I join in favor of the government,” he said.

“But in either times I am doing it with the best lights that I have been given by God. So as far as the law is concerned I was independent,” he assured.

Bersamin pointed out that he “always given these matters analytical attention and deep study.”

“So when the time comes for me to give a vote or to render a judgment I always do my best to come out with a fair and valid ruling,” he said.

Among the decisions he voted in favor for included the ouster of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the acquittal of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of plunder, and the burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.