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PAO chief emphasizes the importance of free legal assistance to the public
By: PPAO
Monday, 04 August 2014
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PAO CHIEF GRACES BULACAN. Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado hands over a certificate of appreciation to Chief of Public Attorney’s Office Atty. Persida V. Rueda-Acosta as the latter graces the opening ceremony of the Five Pillars of Justice System as the guest speaker during the Monday Flag Raising Ceremony held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, City of Malolos this morning. Also in the photo are (L-R) P/Supt. Jesus Reyes, Deputy PNP Provincial Director for Administration; J/S Supt. Romeo Ogoy, Regional Director of BJMPRO III; CPPO Teresita Mascuñana of the Probation and Parole Office, Executive Judge Ma. Theresa Mendoza-Arcega of the Regional Trial Court; Board Member Ramon Posadas; and Fiscal Rita Gammad of the Prosecutor’s Office. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS – “Kung may kasalanan ka, mabulok ka sa kulungan pero kung inosente ka at wala kang kasalanan, ipagtatanggol kita hanggang sa Korte Suprema.”

This was the statement of Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Atty. Persida V. Rueda-Acosta as she stressed the importance of free legal assistance to the wrongfully convicted persons during the kick off ceremony of the Five Pillars of Justice Month with the theme “Katarungan Gabay at Patnubay Tungo sa Pagbabagong Buhay” held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium this morning.

Being the fourth and youngest Chief Public Attorney, Acosta also said that public attorneys have sworn to uphold only the truth and provide free access to courts in order to ensure social justice as part of the country’s sustainable development.

Meanwhile, Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado encourages the Five Pillars of Justice to strengthen their cooperation in the criminal investigation and immediate movement of the cases of almost 3,000 prisoners incarcerated in the Bulacan Provincial Jail.

“Inaasahan kong magtutulungan at maglilingkod ang bawat haligi ng katarungan na mapabilis ang paggulong ng hustiya sa ating mga kababayan na isa sa dapat nating tinututukan,” Alvarado said.

The governor also said that it is vital to make a strong foundation of the justice system that involves the cooperation of all sectors to execute laws with fairness and respect to human rights in accordance to the mandate of the Philippine Constitution.

The Five Pillars are composed of the Prosecutor’s office headed by Renato Samonte Jr; Philippine National Police headed by P/S Supt. Ferdinand Divina; Regional Trial Court headed by Executive Judge Ma. Theresa Mendoza-Arcega; Probation and Parole Office consisted of CPPO Teresita Mascuñana, CPPO Cezar Lopez Jr., and CPPO Ramon De Leon; and the community which is composed of the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Alvarado. ###

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