Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. made the observation of 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 the 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 are no longer enough to meet the needs of the city’s growing population. These three trial courts are congested with too many cases that are often attended to beyond the scheduled hearing hours. 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 many indigent local litigants in Mandaue have been denied this constitutionally guaranteed right as they unjustly suffer from the slow manner of the judicial process in the area. 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 certainly validates the saying that ‘justice delayed is justice denied’. The Constitution prohibits delays that render these rights nugatory. Hence, the creation of additional courts has become a necessity so that Mandaueños can get to enjoy their guaranteed right to speedy disposition of their cases,” Senator Marcos emphasized.
Last 24 January 2012, Senator Marcos filed Senate Bill 3107, which aims to create three additional Regional Trial Courts in Mandaue City. The said proposed bill is now pending in the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights and in the Committee on Finance.