UniTeam senatorial candidate Harry Roque would push for a law limiting the court trial to three days to ensure that justice is served as quickly as possible.
Roque, a human rights lawyer, cited the case of the Maguindanao Massacre victims who have yet to receive payment for their civil indemnity after 10 years.
“It is unacceptable that the trial of the murder case of the century in the Philippines took 10 long years, and after 10 years, they still are languishing awaiting payment for the civil indemnity because it is necessary for the case to be completed in the appeal process,” said Roque, who served as a lawyer for victims of the massacre.
He said he would be implementing the Victim’s Compensation Fund, in which the government pays for the civil damages of the victims.
Roque said he would also propose that trials be concluded in three days.
“I had personal experience in Geneva under what was known as the Inquisitorial system where the trial from beginning to end lasted only one day,” he said.
An inquisitorial system is a legal system where the court is actively involved in proving facts by investigating the case. This system resolves disputes and achieves justice for individuals and society.