The judiciary is NOT perfect - Campanilla

A case is a battle. But a legal war must not be waged beyond the boundary of the judiciary. The judicial system has not attained and will never attain the level of perfectness. This is the reason why the Constitution provides a rule where a doctrine laid down by the Supreme Court can be reversed by the Supreme Court, En Banc. That is why the Constitution grants pardoning power to the President. These provisions on reversal of a doctrine and pardoning power are [a] recognition that the judicial system is not perfect.The court must resolve every issue in a case on the sole basis of the evidence [presented], law and jurisprudence[,] without taking into consider[ing] public pressure, local or international media and the emotional sentiments of the parties. If the court [makes[ a mistake in interpreting the laws and assessing [evidence], it can be cured by availing [of] remedies under the [R]ules such as [a] motion for reconsideration, [an] appeal or a petition for certiorari. But an erroneous but honest interpretation of the law and evidentiary evaluation should not define the integrity of a judge.

Huwag naman po ninyo awayin kaming mga judges kung sakali y[a]n appresasyon namin sa ebidensya at interpretasyon namin sa batas ay iba sa paniwala ninyo. Kawawa naman po kami. Read more: Judge Marlo Campanilla (June 17, 2020). Judicial System is not perfect.

Judge Marlo Bermejo Campanilla rose to prominence when his book “The Revised Penal Code” was published in 2007. And in an almost unprecedented feat, he simultaneously published a 4-volume series in “Special Penal Laws” that (coincidentally) was included in the 2010 Bar Examination. (