“We (provincial board) want to look deeper into the problem. Talagang kulang na tayo ng mga judges and fiscals. Kaya tumatagal ang mga bilanggo sa mga kulungan nang higit sa kanilang sentensya, napag-alaman namin na madalas daw napo-postpone ang kanilang mga hearings,” Ibe lamented.
The young legislator will also ask the assistance of the Department of Justice by passing a board resolution asking Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to assign more judges in Bataan to speed-up the cases of the inmates.
“We need at least 15 judges and 15 fiscals. Dapat, sa pagkakaalam ko, ang bawat judge ay humahawak lamang ng 300 cases pero dito sa atin, more than 8,000 cases per judge kaya ganyan ang nangyayari,” Ibe added.
Ibe said that presently, the Bataan RTC has only three judges, three fiscals and a number of MTC judges.
Earlier, veteran Bataan journalist and public relations officer Ben Medina wrote a letter to the Supreme Court telling the same problem about the turtle-paced case processing of the Bataan inmates.
Medina said Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez answered back and asked the judges to look deeper into it.
At present, the Bataan District Jail in Balanga City has 1,250 inmates wherein majority of them, according to Medina, are “overstaying”.