Akbar asks SC to create one more RTC in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 July 2011 17:30

Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to put one additional Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch in the province and “to appoint and assign a judge to handle it.”

Akbar’s request was presented during the holding of the Justice on Wheels program last Thursday in Basilan through legal counsel, Atty. Quirino Esguerra, Jr., who represented her during the activity.

Akbar was at that time in Manila as she witnessed the signing of a law by President Benigno Simeon Aquino, III resetting the August 8, 2010 autonomous region’s election to May 13, 2013.

Akbar said the creation of a new RTC will help hasten the disposition of cases since the other cases from the two existing RTCs can be transferred to the sala of the newly-created RTC.

“We have only two RTCs and two Municipal Trial Courts  which I feel is not sufficient for a province with two cities and 11 municipalities,” Akbar said.

She lauded the two RTC judges for diligently discharging their functions despite the several cases they are handling.
The lady governor said she is optimistic the High Court will favorably act on her request.

Meanwhile, Akbar lauded SC for holding the Justice on Wheels program in Basilan province.
She said the Justice on Wheels Program provides opportunity to incarcerated individuals, especially those who were charged in court, but were innocent or not involved in a case or cases they were charged.

She added the Justice on Wheels program is indeed a laudable program of the High Court, for it meant to bring justice closer to the poor, by providing a fast and free resolution of conflicts through conciliation, mediation or adjudication.

“The program hastens the delivery of justice and declog the Courts of numerous cases since we know for a fact that several cases remain pending in the Courts,” she said.

“Though justice works in the Philippines in general, and in Basilan in particular, still there are numerous cases that remain pending for the reason we lack judges and courts as well as prosecutors to handle the cases, be it civil or criminal cases,” Akbar added.