Due Process

by Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J.

51Q7tpQbX9L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_“The elementary notion of due process is that it is a law which hears before it condemns.”

Source: –A Living Constitution: The Ramos Presidency” by Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J. 1st ©1999 and 2nd ©2000 printing. Pg. 42 of chapter 2 “The Fear of Martial Rule: Intimations of Authoritarianism”

Comment: — Many people, in the Philippines, are being wrongfully accused before ever having their side of the story heard out. Even if the citizen, or foreigner, is guilty they do have the right to be heard before being condemned, but here in the Philippines, the person is condemned first and than they are left to confirm that it is false and even when they are proven innocent later they are still left to pay the penalty fees that would of never of happen if they were heard out first.

Reading a letter from one side of the story does not in any way confirm if it is true and that is very much what government officials do, they hear only the side of their workers instead of also the side of the one being accused.

Comments closed.