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De Lima dismayed by justice system that is ‘lacking a soul’

FILE PHOTO: Philippine Senator Leila de Lima delivers a privilege speech at the Senate in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

In a University of the Philippines (UP) forum entitled “Modernizing Criminal Law by Updating Our Approach to Criminal Behavior: Taking the Path of Transformative Justice”, outgoing Senator and political prisoner Leila de Lima expressed dismay and criticized the criminal justice system for “lacking a soul” and being broken “in body and spirit.”

“Our criminal justice system is broken not just in the ‘how’ but also as to ‘why.’ If it were a person, the criminal justice system is not only broken in body, it is broken in spirit. I would go so far as to say that it is lacking a soul,” she said through her deputy Chief of Staff Catherine Sy on Friday (June 10).

De Lima mentioned that she was “utterly disappointed with the lack of progress in the efforts to…

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