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The Philippines' justice system is comprised of two types of legal proceedings. One type of case involves criminal cases in which the State is the Plaintiff and the Defendant is a person accused of committing a crime.
The other type of case is a civil case, in which private individuals, corporations, other legal entities, or even government agencies can be either the Plaintiff or the Defendant, and which is a legal proceeding to resolve private disputes between the parties.
I will use criminal cases in this story. I am not a professional, a law student, or have a strong legal background. Thank you so much!
"Important note before you read"
Collateral damage contains adult themes that might not be appropriate for readers under 18.
These themes consist of severe mental depression, mention of suicide, drugs, language, slurs and sexual material.
Please read at your own discretion.
"ANOna naman tinutunganga mo diyan?"I blinked twice and smiled. I rested my chin in the middle of my palms while looking up to him."Enjoying the handsome view." I chuckled."You have to review this case file, Miranda.""Of course; I would, Selvantes."He smiled and leaned forward to kiss my forehead."Let's go on a date later okay?"I slowly smirked. "Miss me, huh?""Aba, saang banda? Heheheheheh, anyways I'll book the place later."
"GOOD morning,ladies and gentlemen. Calling the case of the People of the Philippines vs. Maple Santiago. Case number 18 00246 1." She stopped for seconds. "You may all sit down." She added. "Are both sides ready?" The Judge first remark. "Yes, Your Honor." The trial started in an instant. "Please, read the charge." The Judge added, the Prosecutor stood up. "On July 12, 2018, at 8 p.m., the Defendant, Maple Santiago accused the Victim Liam Cunanan of rape and abuse while staying at a luxurious hotel. She threatened the Victim with a knife found in a hotel's mini kitchen and then murdered him by stabbing him twice in the armpit and at the knee. The Prosecutor began walking towards the center, looking at the Defendant. She goes on. "The late Victim would habitually meet the Defendant in a luxurious hotel to eat or date, giving an impression that
"GOOD morning, Ma'am. Table for?" The staff greeted me. I gave a small smile. "I'm here under the reservation of Lake Mancini." "Allow me to guide you, Ma'am." I nodded and followed the staff while my eyes is roaming around the restaurant. Trying to familiarize myself. "This way, Ma'am." The staff smiled and pointed a door. Ah, a private room. "Thank you." I said, the staff thanked me as well before leaving. Before I open the door, I overheard their conversation. "Ang daming article's na sumasabog." "Maganda ang naging flow. Ang angas ng Abogado na iyon." "Naka-broadast pa naman ito sa TV. Kaninong law firm kaya siya nagtratrabaho." "Pabida lang kasi 'yung Prosecutor." "Hala, bakit?" "Life insurance, 3 million dollars." They're talking abou
"GOODmorning, Attorney!" I smiled and greeted them too before going to my office. I looked like shit but presentable naman, but minabuti kong mag-shades muna kase tinamad ako mag-full make-up at ayoko ma-late sa first day ko sa firm. Galing ko talaga mag-English! Kaya ko binagsak ng professor ko eh. "Good morning, Attorney!" "Morning!" I keep walking until I reach my destination. Bagong renovate ang lumang office ko, mixture of gray and white. "Ganda ba?" Pagsulpot ng isang demonyo sa tabi ko. "Yeah." "Nemaiah, designed it. Maarte ka kasi sa design." He laugh. "It's perfect, but my coffee maker is missing." I calmly said and sat down to read some cases. "Give me two months." I looked up. "Are you serious?" "In two months
"I have an appointment at 4 p.m., make sure to note that." "Yes, Attorney." "Thanks, you may lea- wait! Give me 10 copies of this, 7 of this and 15 of this categorized them. You can go home by 7 p.m." I smiled at him. "Yes, Attorney." He smiled and immediately went out of my sight. I started reading while sipping my coffee. Today is the last trial, I wish it will be a good successful. I packed up my things and get my car keys. Binigyan ako ni Mancini ng sasakyan pagka-uwi ko dahil mahihirapan daw akong sumakay. Well good for me. I went straight to the court for my trial. Pinasa lang sa'kin 'to dahil last naman na. Babasahin lang naman ang magiging sintensya. "Is this the mighty Attorney Miranda?" When I heard my name called, I turned around right away. "Prosecutor Han!"
"After reading this, I was thinking... Can my daughter really survive this?" He broke down into tears, I immediately grab some tissues and give it to him. Sakto naman ang pagdating ng sekretarya ko dala ang kape, aba'y kay tagal naman magtimpla. May halo bang golden powder `yan? "I thought, you could help us. My daughter is innocent! She was abused and raped by that man! My daughter, mean no harm!" He started shouting. I sighed. "We can work this out, Sir. No need to panic, just tell me everything you know." He immediately shook his head. "I wasn't able to watch her properly because, I was so busy with my businesses. But, I know someone who knows what is my daughter is doing." "Can you tell me his/her name then?" I asked. "Safiyah Castro, my daughter's best friend." Our meeting took mu
"CLOSEfriends sila nung biktima pero walang motif sa pagpatay. Madalas silang nakikitang magkasama pero wala namang nakiktang ibang kinikilos si Ms. Santiago." Bungad ni Jaspher. "Na-contact mo na ba 'yung kaibigan niya?" I asked. "Yes, sasama ko na lang dito kapag okay na 'yung schedule niya." I nodded and started reading. Naka-schedule na ang second trial ni Maple by Thursday, kaya pilit kong hinahanap ng butas 'yung kaso niya dahil Martes na ngayon. "Pagtimpla pa kita, Attorney?" Rinig ko saad ni Iñigo.
KINAUMAGAHAN, nag-aayos na ko para pumasok sa trabaho. Tinamad ako mag-skirt kaya nag-slacks na lang ako at double V-neck white long sleeve blouse, tinack-in ko lang 'yung sa harap tsaka kinuha 'yung gold moon necklace ko, kumuha ng coat tsaka stilettos at ang lagi kong ginagamit na bag. Nag-spray ng perfume kinuha ang susi ng kotse at dumaan muna sa Starbucks para sa kape. "Good morning, Attorney!" Maligalig na bati ni Oreo at Chizkeyk. "Morning!" Pagpasok na pagpasok ko sa office nadatnan ko na si Iñigo sa table niya, may sinusulat sa sticky notes ta's may dinidikitan siya. "Morning!" Bati ko agad naman siyang tumayo.