30% lack of judges in the country bared PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 May 2011 16:03

Judge Antonio Eugenio Jr., president of the Philippine Judges Assocaition, revealed on Thursday that there is lack of judges by 30 per cent in the country.

Eugenio said that aside from judges, there is also lack of Halls of Justice, Equipment for the court and court workers.

He said this problem is much worse in  Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and other provinces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Eugenio was here in Zamboanga City Thursday together with other officials of the Philippine Judges Association for a regular and directorial board meeting held at the Hanazono restaurant,

The lack of judges and other court necessities is one of the serious problems besetting the judicial setup in the country aside from the low salary and threat of life against practicing  private lawyers.
Eugenio revealed that in Metro Manila and in other parts of the country, judges see the same faces of lawyers in court hearings because many lawyers hesitate to practice their profession for fear of threats against their lives.

He said these threats are part of the job and the oath of duties to the country to help people defend their cases.
Eugenio said there is a need to increase the salary and benefits of court workers as well as for Congress to pass a bill to open up more court branches and to create more new positions for judges and other court workers.

He expressed gratitude to President Noynoy Aquino for approving the increase of salary of court workers and judges in the country retroactive to 2010.
Eugenio said the pay increase is very timely because the court workers can use the money in the forthcoming school opening.

9th Regional Trial Court Judge Peter Eisma disclosed that it was the first time for Zamboanga City to host the monthly regular meeting of the Philippine Judges Association. The next meeting will be held in General Santos City on August 24, 2011.

Meanwhile, businessman Lope Iringan, an alumnus of the Ateneo De Zamboanga University  has commended his alma mater for the opening of the College of Law in ADZU .
Iringan said during his time, he wanted to take up law but ended up taking business course because it was difficult to enter a law school.