Sep 4, 2021 @ 15:24
Saguisag questions propriety of SC statement praising judge who convicted killer cop Nuezca
Former Senator Rene Saguisag has questioned the propriety of the Supreme Court’s (SC) August 27 statement “commending” Paniqui, Tarlac, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 106 Judge Stela Marie Gandila-Asuncion for “expeditiously resolving” the murder case against Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca, who was filmed shooting his neighbors to death last December.
In his September 3 column for The Manila Times, Saguisag said that “maybe,” Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo and his colleagues “ought to be quiet about a lower court’s ruling” because the case “may eventually go to the Supreme Court on automatic appeal.”
“At the least they would have to consider recusing or inhibiting themselves because of prejudgment. They would have sandbagged themselves,” the San Beda constitutional law professor wrote.
“Judicial or magisterial restraint counsels silence,” he added. “Justices and judges, from where I sit, should speak only through their rulings.”
Saguisag recalled his experience as initially part of the legal team defending Hubert Webb, the son of former Senator Freddie Webb who spent 15 years in jail after being implicated in the massacre of the Vizconde family.
Although the younger Webb faced “relentless adverse publicity,” he was eventually acquitted by the SC on December 14, 2010, with the justices voting 7-4-4. #