Press Release
March 20, 2012

Sen. Marcos Moves for Speedy Disposition of Cases in Mandaue City

Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. noticed the inefficient and ineffective delivery of justice in Mandaue City where courts carry caseloads way beyond their means. This prompted him to propose three more trial courts in the area to pave way for speedy disposition of cases in the city. "There is an increase in domestic migration in Mandaue. The three existing courts in the city will not be enough for the growing population. These three trial courts are congested with too many cases that are often attended beyond the schedule. This needs to be addressed by adding more courts to speed up the process," Sen. Marcos said.

Speedy administration of justice is a constitutional safeguard to ensure prompt and expeditious action on all kinds of legal cases. The 1987 Constitution, Article III, Section 16 provides: "All persons shall have the right to a speedy disposition of their cases before all judicial, quasi-judicial, or administrative bodies." But indigent local litigants in Mandaue do not enjoy this constitutionally guaranteed right as they tremendously suffer due to slow manner of judicial process. Their cases are often postponed and there are also instances when some litigants predecease the outcome of their cases because of the slow paced system.

"The situation of administration of justice in Mandaue proves the saying 'justice delayed is justice denied' to be true. The Constitution prohibits delays that render these rights nugatory. Hence, creation of additional courts is needed so that Mandaueños get to enjoy their guaranteed right to speedy disposition of their cases," Senator Marcos added.

Last January 24, Senator Marcos filed Senate Bill 3107. The said bill, which aims to create three additional Regional Trial Courts in Mandaue City, is now pending in the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights and Committee on Finance.

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