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Remulla bares initial plans to ‘rejuvenate’ PH justice system

May 24, 2022 Hector Lawas 294 views

CAVITE Representative Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla, who is set to become the next Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary, bared some of his plans to help “strengthen” the country’s criminal justice system on Tuesday.

According to Remulla, procedural documents must, wherever possible, be made available to lawyers and the public by reimplementing the National Criminal Justice Information System.

“Reimplement the National Criminal Justice Information System. Lahat ng cases sa courts, NBI (National Bureau of Investigation), Immigration, can be collated into a database na available sa lahat,” Remulla told CNN Philippines’ The Source.

Also, Remulla said that suspects must be brought to trial sooner as he noted the “snail-paced” process involved in investigating, prosecuting, and trying offenders.

“Ang problema diyan ay court postponements. Very regularly, court judges take their time. The Supreme Court and the justices have to work closely on this,” Remulla said.

He also wants to audit the jail system to professionalize operations like installing a centralized database containing information of persons deprived of liberty (PDL) all over the country.

“There must be an audit ng ating detention prisoners. Sana meron silang identity sa lahat ng kulungan para alam natin mga krimen, maraming matagal nang nakakulong, hindi makalabas,” Remulla said.

On Monday, Remulla accepted the offer to become Justice Secretary of president-in-waiting Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.

He will succeed Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

“Alam naman niya (Marcos Jr.) that I really work hard, I am devoted to my duties, that’s why it doesn’t take much when you are told by the president, it’s understood already but the specific things we will have to talk about it later because the justice system has many problems we need to fix,” said Remulla.

He admitted that it is a huge opportunity to serve the country as head of the Department of Justice (DOJ) as a lawyer.

Remulla ran unopposed as Cavite congressman. By Hector Lawas