Judge Ralph S. Lee, Quezon City Regional Trial Court, Philippines

THE GAVEL
Official Newsletter of the Philippine Judges Association
Special Convention Edition
October 2009

A Hero from the Bench

In the 29 September 2009 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, 3 days after typhoon Ondoy flooded and devastated a great part of Metro Manila and its nearby provinces, a story came out about the heroic deeds of Judge RALPH LEE, Presiding Judge, Branch 83, Regional Trial Court of Quezon City. As it turned out, he was one of those unsung heroes who risked his life to save many victims of the storm in Sta. Monica, Novaliches, Quezon City with the use of his jet ski or personal water craft.

As reported in the said newspaper, “from 4 p.m. to midnight, Judge Lee combed the neighborhood 10 feet under water for trapped residents, each time loading at least three people on his machine taking them to a bakery on high ground at the Palmera 4 Subdivision, where his rescue effort was centered.” According to Judge Lee, “it probably took (him) around 20 plus trips to do that.”

Mayor Feliciano Belmonte took note of the heroic deed of Judge Lee. He referred to him as “a hero in his own right” as he “really sprang into action and got the residents moving to save their neighbors.”

The PJA is truly proud of Judge Lee for what he did. It can be said that, single-handedly, he brought honor and respect now being accorded Members of the Bench. Indeed, he has placed the Judiciary in high esteem. May the likes of Judge Lee increase whether they come from the Judiciary or from whatever station in life they may belong to.

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