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  JUSTICE BY RALPH SEMINO GALAN'   1.   These are the accoutrements of her office:   2.   The blindfold symbolizing impartiality;   3.   A golden pair of scales measuring the validity   4.   Of evidence given, both pro and con;   5.   The double-edged sword that pierces through   6.   The thick fabric of lies; Thoth’s feather   7.   Of truth which ultimately determines whether   8.   The defendant’s life is worth saving.   9.   In J. Elizalde Navarro’s oil painting titled   10. Is this Philippine Justice? The figure   11. Of the Roman goddess Justitia slowly fades   12. Into thin air, swallowed by pigments   13. Cloudy as doubts. In my uncertain country   14.Where right and wrong are cards   15.That can be shuffled like a pile of money bills,   16.Even the land’s Chief Ma gistrate   17.Is not immune from culpability; found guilty   18. He has to face the music of derision.   Ralph Semino Galán Born: Philippines Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry   Ralph Semino Galán is a poet, literary critic and translator. He is an Associate Professor of Literature, the Humanities, and Creative Writing at the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters and the UST Graduate School. He has an A.B. in English (Major in Literature) magna cum laude  from the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in English Studies (Major in Creative Writing) from UP Diliman, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. His works both creative and critical, have been published in numerous national and international anthologies and literary journals. His poems in English and Filipino have won prizes in the Philippine Panorama  (1993) and Home Life Magazine  (1998) poetry contests. His first book, titled The Southern Cross and Other Poems  was published by the NCCA in 2005 as part of its UBOD New Authors Series. He has been a juror of the Gawad Buhay!  The PHILSTAGE Awards for the Performing Arts since its establishment in 2008, and the co-convener with Ferdinand M. Lopez of the annual UST Varsitarian  - J. Elizalde Navarro National Workshop in Arts Criticism held every summer in Baguio City.     Justice is supposed to have no biases and measures the evidence regardless if it is pro or against. It is this evidence that will eliminate all lies and find out if the defendant is guilty or not guilty. However, in the Philippines, it is the opposite. It’s similar to a game of cards where money is involved and even the Chief Magistrate is not immune to the faults of the system.    The blindfold . This symbolizes that justice   is “blind”— in other words, justice  is supposed to be objective, without bias; never favoring the strong nor the weak, the rich nor the poor, the righteous nor the wicked. The blindfold .     Scales  are a well-known symbol of judgment and justice , suggesting equality, balance (fairness) and the astute weighing of evidence. Gold  is a well-known symbol of the highest quality and value. For instan ce the phrase “as good as   gold .” So golden scales  may suggest judgment and/or justice  of the highest order.     Answer: Symbols  are important in a poem  because the readers will easily understand what is the author's feelings. ... Answer: Symbols  are important  in a nation because it can help them to be well known. People will easily determine the nation and know what is that symbol s  for.     There were many symbolisms that have been used in the poem. First is the blindfold that shows that justice is objective. You will not look unto his position whether he is rich or poor. The people are in equal estate.    Second is the golden pair of scales. The pair of scales is gold because the color gold symbolizes something valuable or positive while scales measures balance and fairness. It also measures validity which means fair or reasonable whether it’s against or in favour.    Third is the double- edge sword that symbolizes that it’s not always reason and it's not only justice. Justice and reason should be balance.    Fourth is the Thot’s feather of truth. Thot is an Egyptian deity that served as a meditating power especially between good and evil. This also tackles the justice between good and bad.    Next is the painting. It was mentioned there the Roman goddess Justitia that slowly fades into thin air and that means that the justice is already gone.    The right and wrong are like cards because it is easy to manipulate. If you have money, you can easily manipulate many situations regarding justice.    The Lady Justice was mentioned because it symbolizes the justice. Justice states that even though you are rich or has a tons of money; it is not an excuse for you underestimate the poor. Whether you are rich or poor, the treatment should be fair.   
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