Agan hails approval of Fabian bill creating 4 more RTCs in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 September 2012 14:31

Councilor Rommel Agan yesterday hailed the passage of a House bill principally authored by Congressman Erbie A. Fabian creating four more branches of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Zamboanga City.

Agan said the establishment of the additional RTCs, if enacted into law, will help declog the dockets of all the existing courts at the Justice Hall.

The councilor, who is a CPA/lawyer, disclosed having four more regional trial courts will fasttrack the disposition of cases and the dispensation of swift justice.      

“It is just a matter of time before the enrolled bill will be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III for signing and approval into a law,” Agan said.

Agan said the House bill mainly authored by Fabian and co-authored by Congresswoman Isabelle Climaco Salazar, Congressman Niel Tupas and Congressman Jose Emilio Abaya has already been approved on third reading by all the senators present in the plenary.

He said the House of Representatives has concurred the bill last August 28, 2012 with some amendments made by Senate.

House Bill No. 4491 states, “An act creating four additional branches of the Regional Trial Court in the ninth judicial region to be stationed in Zamboanga City, amending for the purpose Section 14. Paragraph (J) of Batas Pambansa Blg. 129, otherwise known as the judiciary reorganization act of 1980, as amended and appropriating funds thereof.

Sec. 1) The Supreme Court shall assign the branch number of the newly created branches of the RTC in the ninth judicial region.

Sec. 2) The chief justice of the Supreme Court in coordination with the secretary of the Department of Justice shall immediately include in the court’s program the operations of the four additional branches of the RTC and the funding shall be included in the Annual General Appropriations Act.

Sec. 3) The Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980as amended and all other laws, rules and regulations whish are inconsistent with this act are hereby amended, repealed or modified accordingly.

Sec. 4) This act shall take effect fifteen days after its complete publication in the official gazette or in two newspapers of general circulation.

“I commend our representatives for a job well done because this bill will surely fast track all the pending cases with the various courts in the ninth judicial region,” Agan declared. — KS