Marshals in the judiciary, a necessity – CJ Peralta

Maris Federez   •   November 20, 2019   •   241

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Wednesday (November 20) attended the Senate hearing for the proposed budget of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

CJ Peralta said they have filed their proposal for the courts to have their own marshals to ensure the security of the members of the judiciary, especially the judges.

“We have already submitted our own proposal. I think it’s already in Congress. I think they already presented the bill. I do not know yet in the Senate,” Peralta said.

The chief magistrate reiterates the necessity to have marshals installed in the judiciary in the midst of reports of judges getting killed in some parts of the country. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

CJ Peralta proposes to Congress: install marshals in Phl courts

Maris Federez   •   November 8, 2019

The Supreme Court is set to urge Congress to file a law that will create a position of marshals in the judiciary amidst the growing number of judges getting slain in the country.

A recent addition to that record is the gunning down of Regional Trial Court Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez in La Union on Tuesday (November 5).

Aside from ensuring security in courthouses, the marshals will be given investigative power like that of the National Bureau of Investigation.

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said they will have the same functions as that of the marshals in the United States.

“Our marshal can do the work, in other words, they can investigate, they can summon witnesses to appear in an investigation. Likewise, ask the different agencies to help us,” said CJ Peralta. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

SC chief justice Peralta calls for swift action on killing of Ilocos Sur judge

Robie de Guzman   •   November 6, 2019

Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Wednesday called for swift action on the murder of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur Regional Trial Court Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez.

In a statement, Peralta urged law enforcement agencies to be relentless in going after the perpetrators, calling the Bañez’s slay an “atrocious and dastardly act.”

“On behalf of the Judiciary, I strongly condemn the killing of Regional Trial Court Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. I call on the law enforcement agencies to exert their best efforts and be relentless in their investigation for the immediate apprehension of those responsible for this atrocious and dastardly act,” he said.

“I also extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Judge Bañez,” he added.

Bañez was shot dead in San Fernando City, La Union on Tuesday by still unidentified assailants.

The initial report from authorities showed that the 54-year old judge was on his way home when he was attacked by armed men on board a motorcycle.

Bañez sustained a gunshot wound to his nape.

“So far po may na-recover tayo na isang empty shell at isang slug sa crime scene,” Lt. Col. Percival Pineda, Officer-in-Charge of San Fernando City Police, said.

Pineda added they are now looking into different angles to determine the possible motive behind the incident.

“Sa nature ng kanyang trabaho, hindi natin idini discount yong possibility na work-related ito,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Toto Fabros)

SC clarifies order to release Ex-Mayor Sanchez didn’t come from them

Maris Federez   •   August 23, 2019

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has clarified that the order to release former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez from prison did not emanate from them.

Supreme Court spokesperson Atty. Bryan Keith Hosaka said the high court only issued its interpretation of Republic Act 10592 which increased the good conduct time allowance given to prisoners.

The high court ruled that the said law can be applied retroactively, which would include the case of the former mayor.

“First the Supreme Court did not order the release of Mayor Sanchez in its recent decision in the consolidated cases.  Like all laws, the implementation and execution of RA10952 is left for the executive branch of government, again, the judiciary or the supreme court only interpreted RA10952 and ruled that it can be applied retroactively,” Hosaka said.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, meanwhile, said that they have asked the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to draft clearer guidelines as to who can benefit the credit time allowances to inmates.

Guevarra added that it will be very timely for Congress to scrutinize the implementation of the said law.

 “We have requested the Bucor through Faeldon be very clear about the guidelines kasi mukhang di pa maayos na maayos ang mga guidelines diyan [because it seems that the guidelines are not yet clearly defined]. So, this is an opportunity for the Bucor to make clear mga [the] guidelines,” said Guevarra.

Meanwhile, a group of women on Friday staged a protest in front of the Department of Justice against the impending release of Mayor Sanchez who was convicted for a rape and murder of two UP Los Baños students.

Lisa Maza, leader of Gabriela Alliance of Women said, “Ito ay isang pagsalaula sa ating justice system. Malinaw po na marami din siyang paglabag na ginawa noong siya ay nasa kulungan kaya hindi siya karapat dapat na lumaya [This is a derision to our justice system. It is very clear that he had committed a lot of violations while serving time in prison that is why he doesn’t deserve to be set free].” (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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