Senator backs reopening Cebu RCAO


CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has at least one lawmaker supporting her decision to re-open a regional court office in Cebu.

In a press statement, Sen. Francis Pangilinan said Sereno’s Nov. 27 resolution that reopened the Regional Court Administration Office in Central Visayas (RCAO-7) in Cebu would ensure speedy resolutions of cases.

“Decentralization is key if we are to speed up the resolution of cases as mandated by the Constitution itself. The concentration of powers in the national office has adversely affected the efficiency of our courts,” the senator said.

The chief justice recently came under fire from fellow justices in the Supreme Court over the resolution which they said was issued without en banc approval from them.

Senior Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro  said the resolution should be recalled or amended since it doesn’t reflect the objections raised by other justices against the RCAO-7.

De Castro and other justices also questioned the appointment of former Cebu judge Geraldine Faith Econg as acting RCAO-7 since it wasn’t part of her duty as head of the court’s Project Management Office.


Econg was advised not to assume her functions in the RCAO-7.

The High Court was supposed to discuss the Nov. 27 resolution on Dec. 4 during its full court deliberation.

But Sereno called in sick and designated Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio as acting chief justice to act on her stead.

The chief justice said she will attend next week’s deliberations on her resolution.

Pangilinan, said his sources told him about the delays in the purchase of certain supplies and materials for the regional trial courts throughout the country because it lacked approval from the judiciary in Manila.

Pilot project

He said the creation of regional court offices was part of judicial reforms implemented by former chief justices Hilario Davide, Jr. and Reynato Puno.  Pangilinan said former Chief Justice Renato Corona suspended the decentralization of courts during his helm.

“I cannot help but ask if this controversy stems from the Office of Court Administrator’s (OCA) refusing to give up the powers it had enjoyed under Corona….Why was it right then and wrong now?,” he asked.

Earlier, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Meinrado Paredes said Sereno should address the concerns raised by her fellow justices.  Paredes said he  welcomes the role of RCAO-7  to help speed up administrative services of the High Court.

But Paredes said the issue may be related to OCA’s the opposition to the creation of the RCAO-7 which is funded by the World Bank.

The RCAO-7 office is located at the Lapu-Lapu City Hall of Justice. Inquirer with a story from Reporter Ador Vincent Mayol

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  • RyanE

    Just put it to a vote and post who voted for or against RCAO-7 so that the public may know who are for or against judicial reforms. 

  • indiosbravos2002

    I guess some justices had gotten use to how Corona run the judiciary. Slow and snail paced. The result of which is back log of cases, inefficiency and corruption. Baka eto gusto ni De Castro.

  • Maldi2

    Mr. Noted, just concentrate on being a Human rights lawyer and don’t meddle in SC affairs. Ask Simeon why improvement on Human Rights violations are good only in paper and not in real life.  Dyan ka lang sa bakuran mo at wag kang makisawsaw sa di mo trabaho!  PWE!

  • del pillar

    “The END does not justify the MEANS”? Baka po lamang dumami ang problema sa katarungan, dahil po hindi ito binigyan ng tinataway na “DRY RUN”!!!!!!!!!!

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