Allow me to start my speech by giving you some facts to consider and ponder. Did you know that as of the recent survey that NationMaster.com conducted, the Philippines is ranked 18th worldwide in having the most number of prisoners? There are actually 70, 383 Filipinos behind those bars we normally see in movies and television programs. 70, 383 families have been abandoned by their loved ones who violated the laws of the constitution. 70, 383 lives have already been changed merely because of the fact that they will become “ex-convicts” by the time they are released in jail, if ever they will be freed. But the question is: Are all of them guilty of the felony they are being accused of? Is justice rightly served to them? Are all those 70, 383 prisoners deserving to be confined in the hell prison is? Maybe. Maybe not.
Justice may seem to be the most debated topic in college. It may have been a regular content of the answer of a student taking up Criminology in his professor’s tests. But justice is more than academic discussions, written answers and spoken words. Justice is more than the Definition Speech topic of the person talking to you right now.
The term justice roots out of the Latin word “justitia” meaning equality and fairness and “justus” meaning just and impartial. We normally associate the term with a blindfolded goddess holding scales and a sword which maybe symbolizing the absence of prejudice and the presence of righteousness. It is defined by YourDictionary.com as the quality of being righteous, the administration of law and the upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards, or law. Synonymous to justice are the words fairness, impartiality, righteousness, even handedness, fair dealing and the like. At the same time its dictionary entry is the opposite of inequality, discrimination and narrow-mindedness.
To further supplement these definitions of justice, we must always look in the...
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