CITY OF MALOLOS – The newly appointed secretary of the Department of Justice, Atty. Vitaliano Aguirre II emphasized the importance of a united five pillars of justice in achieving change and protecting the youth against the threats that surround them during the kick off ceremony of the Five Pillars of Justice Month with the theme “Kabataan ay Gabayan Tungo sa Lipunang Maunlad at Mapayapa” held in the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, this city, Monday morning.
In his speech, which was delivered by Atty. Erickson Balmes, the secretary likened the five pillars of justice namely the community, law enforcement, prosecution, courts and the correctional system to a human hand wherein each finger represents a pillar, and when joined together becomes a fist that can hammer any wrongdoings.
“I enjoined everyone to protect our youth from all the threats that surrounds them. For the longest time, our youth have been the ones sacrificed in the altar of retribution either as pushers or users, this has got to stop. Now, when we try to do something about the drug problem, we can really hope in the youth. Let us make every corner, every road, every home a safe environment for our youth so that they can grow up to be the God-fearing and law abiding citizen that we all want them to be,” Aguirre said.
Further, the DOJ sec said that change will only come if there’s a conscious effort on the part of every stakeholder in the justice system and left a message to possible offenders.
“Please stop it and stop it now. Please do not wait for the DOJ to go after you with all the powers at its disposal, you will not like it,” the secretary said.
Aguirre also shared some future plans of the administration through DOJ regarding the implementation of orderliness and security in the country such as the launch of a 24/7 text hotline where information against all criminal, drug related activities and corruption in the government can be reported. The said hotline will be operational on or before the 15th of this month.
Also, the secretary hopes to formally launch the formal operation of a national prosecutors’ academy during his stewardship at the DOJ.
Balmes on the other hand, invited law students, those who are planning to go to law school, and law graduates to apply for the next batch of OJT paralegals and be part of their 6-week immersion program, so that at this early, they will know what it takes to serve justice to the people. The best and the brightest among them may be offered employment.
Meanwhile, Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado stressed the responsibilities of the elderly in fostering the youth.
“Ang tao mula sinapupunan, meron ng karapatan at responsibilidad naman nating mga nakatatanda na pangalagaan sila, palakihin para maging mahusay na mamamayan. Ang mga kabataan sa tamang edad kinakailangan nasa loob ng paaralan at doon hayaang matuto,” Alvarado said.
Some activities lined up for the celebration of the Five Pillars of Justice Month are Orphanage Visitation and Gift Giving on August 6 in St. Martin de Porres, Bustos, Bulacan; Gift Giving and Information Drive and Seminar in Bahay Tanglaw Pag-Asa Rehabilitation Center and Bulacan Provincial Jail on August 10 and 23; Fun Run “Sama-Samang Takbo para sa Limang Haligi ng Hustisya 2016” on August 13; and Responsible Partnership of Parents, Teachers and Children Seminar (Students/Parents) in MHPHS Sta. Isabel, City of Malolos on August 18 and in Meycauayan National High School Sto. Niño, City of Meycauayan, Bulacan on August 26.