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Bong Go lauds Senate OK on 3rd, final reading of judicial expansion bill

May 15, 2024 People's Journal 66 views

To improve justice delivery in Davao Region

SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go lauded the Senate’s approval of the third and final reading of House Bill No. 8250, which aims to help the judicial system in Davao del Norte. The bill, principally sponsored by Senator Francis Tolentino and co-sponsored by Go, mandates the creation of two additional branches of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in the Eleventh Judicial Region, stationed in the Island Garden City of Samal and the City of Panabo.

This legislative move is part of the broader effort to amend Section 14(L) of Batas Pambansa Blg. 129, also known as ‘The Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980′. By establishing these new court branches, the bill seeks to address the increasing number of pending cases and ensure faster delivery of justice in the region.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Justice, Go expressed his support for the bill’s passage.

“Bilang isang Davaoeño, naiintindihan ko ang mga hamon na hinaharap ng ating judicial system sa paghatid ng agarang hustisya. Ang paglikha ng mga karagdagang sangay ng hukuman sa Samal at Panabo ay isang mahalagang hakbang para mabawasan ang mga nakabinbing kaso at mapabuti ang access sa hustisya para sa ating mga kababayan sa Davao del Norte,” said Go.

Go emphasized the importance of a robust judicial system in upholding democracy and protecting citizens’ rights.

“Mahalaga ang isang malakas at epektibong judiciary para sa proteksyon ng karapatan ng ating mga tao at pagpapatupad ng ating mga batas. Ang mga bagong RTC branches na ito ay makakatulong na masiguro na ang hustisya ay naipapahatid nang mabilis at patas,” he added.

The senator also highlighted the collaborative effort involved in the bill’s passage, thanking his colleagues in the Senate for their support.

“Ito ay patunay sa kung ano ang kaya nating makamit kapag tayo ay nagtutulungan para sa kabutihan ng lahat. I am grateful to my fellow senators for recognizing the urgent need to improve our judicial infrastructure,” Go remarked.

Aside from this bill, Go also co-sponsored 15 other judicial expansion bills that were approved on the third reading.

Finally, Go assured the public that he would continue to advocate for further reforms and improvements in the legal system to benefit all Filipinos.

Go earlier filed Senate Bill No. 2111 to strengthen the fiscal autonomy of the Judicial branch. The bill mandates that the budget proposal prepared by the Supreme Court shall be incorporated into the draft national budget without revisions.

He also filed SBN 1186, which seeks the creation of additional divisions of the Court of Appeals and the appointment of additional justices to help the Judiciary provide a more reliable, unbiased, and swift delivery of justice in the country.

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