Statement of the Supreme Court of the Philippines on Typhoon Odette

December 22, 2021

The Supreme Court has learned that many of the areas affected by Typhoon Odette including Bohol, Siargao, Surigao del Norte, and Dinagat Islands will still be without power this Christmas.  In sympathy and in the spirit of the season, the Justices have decided to turn off all Christmas lights in all courts nationwide and in their official residences in Baguio City, until power supply is restored in the typhoon-affected areas.

The Court continues to monitor all its personnel including those who have volunteered to assist in the Bar Examinations next month.  The Chief Justice has approved the release of calamity assistance to affected court personnel. All the members of the Court have, on their own and as a group, made donations or helped out in the relief efforts.

This is a season for compassion and kindness, for reaching out and sharing as much as we can to ease the suffering of others. Without empathy, there can be no justice.