Nothing upset him more than a visit from his rather whom he classified as belonging of the insane part of mankind. He planned to delay the proceedings for the possibility of his brother to be bored and leave, so he turned his full attention to the case at hand. The case has been brought in from a village called Boding and all of its people had come to witness the trial. A woman named Ma-Ballot was charged with allegedly practicing witchcraft and had been said to cause the sudden deaths of a number of children in the village.
Evidence had been presented to show that she was also capable of the sudden death of a trance young woman who died in her home several days ago. Chief Sotto was silent for some time, amazed of the never ceasing insanity of the village people who have been threatened with fines by the president of the court because of the burst of loud chatter. At last, he turned to the accused old woman and said “Well, mother, what do you have to say in defense of yourself? ” The old woman defended that she is not a witch, even though she was called the mother of the witch.
Long ago, she was taught by the person who lives in the bush how to cure ailments with herbs ND that was her business. Chief Sotto then ordered Ma-Ballot to let him see the contents of the bag she had with a great show of interest. He examined the various dried leaves, roots and berries leisurely, taking a closer look on it, thus making the crowd silent, and puncturing in the hole of their confidence. The old woman proceeded with her defense telling the court that she knew nothing about the deaths of the children in their village. She also added that she was innocent for the death of the strange young woman who died in her home.
That the woman as grievously ill, that while they were discussing about her ailment, the woman fell dead at her feet. Chief Sotto sympathetically understands Ma-Balbo’s statement and then asked the crowd who issues the certificates of death in Boding. A doctor was fetch from the Boding hospital. Although delayed for two hours, the court remained in session. At one stage, Chief Sotto received an impatient note from his brother begging him for a few moments to discuss an urgent matter. But he replied: “Is it life or death? I am at a moment faced with the life or death of an old woman.
I cannot move. ” The doctor arrived with his brief evidence and point. Child deaths in the village were caused by pneumonia and the young woman had died for aseptic womb due to having a procured abortion with an unstilted instrument. After all that had happened, Chief Sotto passed the Judgment of the case, telling the village people that they were suffering from derangement of their brain. That their children have died from an illness and that to shield themselves from blame, they instead accused the poor old woman for a serious crime she even didn’t do.
Chief Sotto Holds the Court Summary By Infernally household on beast and the money that arises out of the sale of these beasts will be used to purchase warm clothing for the children so that they may no longer die of pneumonia. As for Ma-Ballot, she was told not to live with the villagers anymore but instead, she was offered to live on Chief Ghetto’s house for protection and also to help him treat his ailment because he was tired of the penicillin injections and perhaps her good herbs may serve the cure to his troubles.