ICTJ's Carranza writes open letter to Duterte-appointed J. Gesmundo re: yes vote vs. Sereno


Alexander G. Gesmundo is the 178th Supreme Court Associate Justice. He was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte replacing Associate Justice Jose C. Mendoza. Wikipedia
Born: 6 November 1956 (age 61 years)
Education: Ateneo Law School

Ruben Carranza has written an open letter to Justice Gesmundo. The letter is with reference to the latter's vote to ouster ex-Chief Justice Sereno through a highly-criticized quo warranto petition.

DEAR JUSTICE: My dear Alex, in the time I’ve known and worked with you, I know that you tried to be on the right side of history and justice. When we were going after the Marcoses and their corruption, what were your reasons for being on our side of that fight? When we were figuring out how the courts of countries where they hid their stolen money could help us recover what they stole, I assumed we shared the same sense of grievance, even anger, at how a dictator broke every law to be able to enrich himself — while killing thousands. In all of that work we did, were you also thinking that what you were doing you were doing for your own family — for a future in which they would not see the kind of injustice and oppression we were trying to correct? I was.
And perhaps you were, too. The way you talked about your family while we were in San Francisco to meet with the PCGG’s US lawyers, I thought then that that was one reason why you were there, seeking justice despite its physical toll on you. Do these reasons still matter to you now that you are on the Supreme Court, in a time when your sense of justice and your measure of right and wrong can actually be what makes the difference between dictatorship and a future without one?

I hope this reaches you my friend. And helps you change your mind.
Ruben Carranza is from the Philippines. He obtained his B.A. and LL.B. degrees from the University of the Philippines and an LL.M. from New York University (NYU) in 2005 as a Global Public Service Law Program scholar.

He currently works with victims’ communities and reparations policymakers in Nepal, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, Iraq, Palestine, Liberia, Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya. He also provides advice on issues involving reparations and war crimes tribunals including the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and the International Criminal Court (ICC). (https://www.ictj.org/about/ruben-carranza)

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