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Two Side of the Same Coin: Justice and Peace

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Two sides of the same coin: Justice and Peace
By: Melduard Hernandez

One of the latest news today is about the Vizconde Massacre. As what the DOJ Officials said, “It is a long road back to 1991.” The related rumors were why it is that Hubert Webb and other accused persons acquitted by the Supreme Court of the Philippines? Who are the real suspects of the case? Why is it that eye witness Jessica Alfaro considered now as false witness? There were so many questions and mysteries that were attached in the case since it was happened. The fact that the symbol for justice was a scale was not appropriate if we were going to connect it with the issue of Vizconde Massacre. A scale symbolizes equilibrium and balance. It is most often depicted with a set of scales typically suspended from her left hand, upon which it measures the strengths of a case's support and opposition. But how can we obtain Justice if it is really hard to get? Is justice already gone with the wind?

There is a saying “Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere.” If we are going to analyze this statement, it is somehow refers to the if justice is denied, or not given to one person or many people, then over time justice loses its value. No one believes in it anymore because it fails. So it only means that everyone deserves justice. Justice as we all know is not payable by means of property, estate, belongings, possessions, or even realty. Justice is not measured by the status of victim and the suspect in their respective society. Justice is all about is the concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, religion, fairness, or equity, along with the punishment of the breach of said ethics. There is a saying also about justice that says “Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.” This means even though something may look or seem different to another thing they are both the same. Peace, on the other hand is somewhat needed by the involved persons in the...