Poor state of PH courtrooms in 'Krusada'

Posted at 01/31/12 7:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Broadcast journalist Henry Omaga-Diaz is advocating the repair of the country's courtrooms in this week's episode of "Krusada."

Amid the impeachment hearings of Chief Justice Renato Corona, Omaga-Diaz reports the sad state of the country's trial courts -- from lawyers and witness cramming in very tight spaces to judges sharing courtooms, which have resulted in unintentional delays of court proceedings.

Among the grounds cited for Corona's impeachment is his alleged failure to account for judiciary development funds.

Omaga-Diaz said he believes courtrooms should operate in strategic and decent locations because the state of these structures reflects the quality of justice from the legal system.

"I hope something good would come out of Chief Justice Corona's trial. I hope that this process will lead to the complete reform of the country's judicial system that would give citizens the justice they deserve," he said.

"Krusada" airs on Thursday, February 2, after "Bandila" on ABS-CBN, or earlier on DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable Channel 26) at 9:15 p.m.