BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Believing in the truism that “justice delayed is justice denied”, the Supreme Court of the Philippines for the second time will be sending its Justice on Wheels to Bataan courts on July 30 of this year.
Executive Judge Angelito I. Balderama of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 1 said, “Justice is not only confined within the four corners of the court room, it has also reached the street.”
Balderama thanked Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for considering Bataan to be a recipient again of the Justice on Wheels program. He also said that Justice on Wheels is an effective legal remedy to jail decongestion and de-clogging of dockets in courts.
On the other hand, Bataan District Jail Warden Superintendent Clarence Mayangao expressed optimism that cases of aging inmates and those who have been languishing in jail for years shall benefit from this program of the High Tribunal.
Meanwhile, Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia commended the SC for its solid commitment to the speedy trial of criminal offenders nationwide saying that justice is best served to those who deserve it.
It would be interesting to note that compared to those in other jails, the inmates at the Bataan District Jail are well-provided for in terms of food and health needs. Furthermore, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) personnel have been providing the inmates humane treatment. Despite these, still they are entitled to a speedy disposition of their cases.
RTC-Balanga will be hosting the Justice on Wheels; Medical and Dental mission for the inmates will also be a component of the program.