CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno yesterday lamented that the spate of killings notably of suspected drug offenders have greatly undermined the citizens' trust in the judicial system.
Sereno noted the drop in the country's ranking in the World Justice Project's (WJP) 2016 Rule of Law Index that involves 113 countries.
In the latest study, the WPJ said the Philippines was in 60th place in 2014, improved to 51st in 2015, but plunged to 70th place last year.
"Despite all of these positive gains and even greater potential gains, we have to face the reality of the daily accounts of unsolved killings, many of them committed brazenly, with the public warnings against drug pushing or addiction," Sereno said.
"It is not surprising therefore that the perception of the rule of law in our country has swung from marked improvement to a downgrade," she continued.
According to Sereno, the WPJ's rule of law index is the benchmark for global perception studies on the administration of justice.
She said the index must be seen as an indicator of the "serious erosion of trust" in the criminal justice system.
Sereno called on stakeholders in the criminal justice system, including the judiciary, police, National Bureau of Investigation and the National Prosecution Service, "to ponder on what kinds of genuine changes are required to bring about real justice."
"On the part of the judiciary, I can assure you that the effort to reform has been relentless," Sereno said.