MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta wants the proposed commissioners of justice to have powers that are not limited to the protection of judges and court staff, but are also the primary body responsible for the protection of judges and court staff. law enforcement for judicial offenses.
At a press conference held on Friday, November 9, Peralta said he hoped the judiciary would have the power to arrest and even investigate.
"We give powers to all these marshals (so), it is not necessary to go see the police, themselves (they can stop.) That's what we envision and we hopefully Congress will help us on this. para naman matakot ang mga tao (This can therefore deter criminals) because they harm our judges, not only tax authorities and witnesses, but also judges, "said Peralta.
Peralta also said that judicial marshals should have investigative powers and the power to file complaints directly with prosecutors.
"We want the commissioners (have the power to) ask the parties and the witnesses to appear, so that the case is no longer filed in front of the NBI, kami na mag imbestiga (we can investigate ourselves), give them the power to seize the tax office, "said Peralta.
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Bill 3409, introduced by the representative of the city of Muntinlupa, Ruffy Biazon, provides for these provisions.
Tabled on August 5 this year, the bill calls for the creation of the Office of the Commissioner of the Judiciary, which will be "under the control and supervision of the Chief Justice".
During the press conference, Peralta agreed that the office should be a separate body of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and that it does not fall under Sherriff's court divisions.
According to Article 4 of the draft law, judicial magistrates can be designated as responsible for the security of all members of the judiciary, their spouses and their immediate families "after having determined and validated that their life is threatened".
In ordinary cases, the judicial commissioners secure the premises of the court.
Section 4 also states that police officers may "arrest perpetrators of criminal offenses, investigate the commission of all crimes and offenses committed in court premises" and "serve summonses to appear, warrants and other documents that the courts may issue ".
According to Peralta, the organization should have lawyers, criminology graduates and people with experience in investigations.
The need to resort to judicial magistrates was emphasized after the death of two judges in one week – Exequil Longos Dagala, a former judge of the Municipal Court of Siargao, was killed on 1 November at his home in Siargao, while Judges Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, Mario Anacleto Bañez was killed in his vehicle at La Union on November 5th.
"Madami kami bodyguard pero pag lumapit yan (we have a lot of bodyguards but) they can not stop. Or someone creates problems in the courtroom, what does the warden do to call the police and when the police arrive can na patayan, can violence na (There is already a death, there is already violence), "said Peralta. Rappler.com
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