The Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA) is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of its dedicated members. Judge Maria Teresa Abadilla, Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Manila, Branch 45, was known to her colleagues as kind, straightforward and competent. While her death in the line of duty, sadly in the hands of her own clerk of court, has left us painfully wounded and has gravely shaken the entire Judiciary, it reinforces our resolve to prioritize the well-being and security of our judges and court personnel even in the midst of this global pandemic.
I urge my fellow magistrates to stay strong and focus all their energy to the administration of justice. Courts must remain the torchbearers of hope and light in times of darkness when people despair for answers and grope for a way to move forward. Encourage their personnel not to lose heart but to continue to give themselves fully to their higher calling as public servants.
As we seek justice within our own institution, let us hold fast to our faith in God who sees our afflictions and will recompense for every wrong that is done in this world.
Our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones left behind by Judge Abadilla and Atty. Rebato.