(TO DECONGEST JAILS) CPOC seeks Duterte’s nod on 5 new city prosecutors Print
Thursday, 05 October 2017 17:28

The City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco Tuesday passed a resolution, urging President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to approve the appointment of five new prosecutors for Zamboanga City.

City Prosecutor Ricardo Cabaron moved for the adoption of the resolution, explaining that his office is having problems with the disposition of the cases in courts due to inadequate number  of prosecutors, thus contributing to the overcrowding of inmates in the city jail.

He said the applications of five new prosecutors for Zamboanga City had already been submitted to Malacañang since April but until now the President has not acted on them.

The CPOC also approved another resolution, requesting Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre to create the positions for eight additional senior prosecutors for the four newly created and operationalized regional trial courts.

Cabaron stressed that under the National Prosecution Service law, two items for prosecutors shall be created by DOJ in every court.

Hence, he said the creation of four new courts, pursuant to a bill sponsored by Climaco during her term in congress, entitles the city to eight new senior prosecutors.

“It does not need a law anymore because it is already provided in the National Prosecution Service law. It is just a matter of pushing up the DOJ,” he said, adding that he already wrote Sec. Aguirre on the matter, but to no avail just the same.

Nonetheless, Cabaron said he will follow it up because Zamboanga City is entitled to the increase in the number of prosecutors.

The need for more prosecutors was the focus of discussion at the CPOC meeting yesterday after the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) had reported that most police stations in the city are overcrowded with inmates, the reason for some to escape as in the case of Ayala Police Station.

Likewise, the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center also reported that the city jail is packed with 2,712 inmates, which is more than its maximum capacity of 800.-(Vic Larato)