A teary-eyed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Thursday bid farewell to the Department of Justice (DOJ), as she admitted to having failed to accomplish her mission to give complete justice for all.
She, however, said her successor must finish the mission.
“Mr. President, I was not able to fulfill my mission of delivering complete justice for all. But what I did was to leave behind a Department of Justice that will, in time, accomplish that mission,” she noted in her speech during the 118th anniversary of the DOJ.
De Lima has not yet formally announced her intention to give up her Cabinet portfolio despite rumors that she is standing for senator in next year’s elections.
The feisty Justice chief placed 7th in the latest Social Weather Stations senatorial survey.
“I will soon leave all of you… Wherever I will be in coming years, I will cherish all my years at the Department of Justice,” she said.
De Lima also highlighted the DOJ’s efforts to deliver “real-time justice” during her five-year stint in the agency, saying that the rate of case disposition has increased from 75 percent in 2010 to 80 percent in 2014, and that prosecution rate also improved from 68 percent in 2010 to 73 percent in 2014.
She also cited the Justice department’s accomplishments in the Maguindanao massacre case; the pork barrel fund scam; the Balintang Channel shooting incident; the Atimonan encounter; and the case of Mary Jane Veloso, who is facing death in Indonesia after being convicted of drug smuggling.
She also noted the DOJ’s efforts against monopolies in the market and illegal drug activities inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
De Lima expressed hope that the transfer of the NBP and the Correctional Institute for Women from Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila) to Nueva Ecija would solve the “age-old” problem of jail congestion and decrepit jail facilities.