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House leader applauds DOJ’s efforts to enhance judicial quality.

Elizaldy Co, the head of the House Appropriations Committee, praised Justice Secretary Crispin Remulla on Wednesday for establishing the Case Decongestion Task Force and the Prosecution Integrity Board to enhance the administration of justice.

Co stated that the board would investigate judicial misconduct involving prosecutors, who are regarded as the gatekeepers of the criminal legal system, at the hearing on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposed budget of PHP26.686 billion for the upcoming year.

“We applaud Secretary Remulla’s first official order establishing the Prosecution Integrity Board as head of the DOJ. The board, which was established under Department Circular No. 027, would investigate the misbehavior of government prosecutors and, if required, propose sanctions against them, according to Co.

To enhance court performance and efficiency, he also emphasized the formation of the Case Decongestion Task Force, the implementation of the electronic inquest system, and alternative preliminary investigations.

Co praised the DOJ for keeping its law enforcement Tier 1 ranking throughout the previous seven years, according to the US Human Trafficking Report.

According to the DOJ’s report to Congress, the case backlog has decreased from 57.4 percent in 2013 to 25.48 percent in 2021, and the case disposal rate has increased from 78.30 percent to 92.35 percent.

Its prosecution success rate increased from 68.3 percent in 2013 to 91.8 percent in 2021.

Without making any revisions to the budget for the DOJ Office of the Secretary and its 10 associated agencies, the panel abruptly ended the meeting.

“We look forward to all DOJ initiatives and activities to ensure that justice is served efficiently and appropriately,” Co added. “With the planned budget of PHP28.2 billion for the fiscal year 2023.

The Public Attorney’s Office has a proposed budget of PHP5.03 billion, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has a suggested budget of PHP1.85 billion, and the Bureau of Corrections has a planned budget of PHP5.9 billion.

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