Inspirational Talk of Presiding Justice Amparo M. Cabotaje-Tang

My dear Colleagues, fellow public servants in the Sandiganbayan, and our esteemed guests, a pleasant afternoon to all..

Today's program is the culmination of the week-long celebration of the 39th Anniversary of our Court. Everybody had looked forward to this special event, not only for all the laughter, the excitement and the intensity that the games and other contests would surely bring, but also as a welcome respite from our Court's daily business. From all indications, this year's celebration is a complete success, and I thank each and every one of you for making it possible.

Anniversaries like ours never cease to inspire, for they bring forth the best facets of our individual and collective character. They prove that the spirit of teamwork and fair play, the passion to win, the ability to accept defeat, the drive to bounce back from reversals and the appreciation for individual strength and talent are not cliches' but are virtues that are alive and well in each of us. I am truly proud of you!

As we wind down this year's celebration, allow me this opportunity, not to preach, but to express an appeal, that the same energy and vigor that bound us together throughout the week inspire us to be the best servants of justice that we can possibly be, in the quest for truth and accountability that unfolds in our Court every day.

Katapatan, kapanagutan and karangalan. These are the principles on which our Court was founded. May they continue to serve as our guiding stars as we strive to achieve as many victories as we can in delivering justice to the nation. Just as we strove to keep down the fouls and pile up the points during the games, may we all aim for the statistics that matter in court: a vastly reduced backlog, a significant uptake in the speed and number of decided cases, 100 percent affirmance by the Supreme Court of our decisions and resolutions, and 100 percent execution of final and executory judgments.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Justice Bernelito R. Fernandez and his staff for an excellent job in spearheading this year's 39th Anniversary Celebration. I would also like to thank the Anniversary committee, the sports committee, all the coordinators of the respective teams, and the decorations committee headed by Bobby Del Mundo. Thank you too, to all of you here present and to those who participated and competed in the events and to the members of our board of judges who graciously accepted our invitation. Above all, let us give thanks to God for his constant guidance in all our endeavors.

Happy anniversary to one and all!

Mabuhay ang Sandiganbayan at mabuhay tayong lahat!!!

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