Region 9 lacks state prosecutors – Devanadera

August 7, 2009 10:19 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY , Aug. 7 — Acute shortage of prosecutors has plagued Western Mindanao for the past several years adversely affecting the speedy resolution of legal cases in the area.

This was revealed by Department of Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera during her recent visit here to attend a regional consultative meeting and to award certificates of recognition to deserving prosecutors in the Muslim-Christian region.

Devanadera said in a press conference that DOJ records show that of the 15 positions of prosecutors in Western Mindanao, only seven are filled up with the remaining eight (or 53 per cent) still unoccupied,

The justice chief noted that in spite of DOJ’s continuous program to encourage new lawyers to join the agency’s prosecutors’ office, “nobody appears to be interested to become a justice prosecutor.”

Devanadera admitted that aside from an unattractive pay, the risk attached to the job is discouraging some members of the bar to join the prosecutors’ office,

The lady justice secretary added that several high-profile kidnapping and murder cases are now being handled by prosecutors not only in Zamboanga City but also in other parts of the region.

Meanwhile, Devanadera cited recently five prosecutors in Western Mindanao for outstanding accomplishment in their job.

She identified them as Lawyers Annie Marie Ledesma, Ricardo Cabarron, Peter Medalle, Willy Yu, and Darlin Alpajarito.

The five prosecutors received appropriate awards from Devanadera during appropriate rites held at here. (PNA) /V3/APR/

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