DOJ chief wants prosecutors armed

Published June 8, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Jeffrey G. Damicog

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said he intends to include in next year’s budget for the Department of Justice (DOJ) funding for firearms of prosecutors.

Guevarra made the move in response to the spate of killings which have targeted prosecutors.

“I’ll see kung kasama yan sa current appropriations. Kung hindi, I’ll request sa next budget (I’ll see if it is already in the current appropriations. If not, I’ll request in the next budget),” said Guevarra.

He also thanked Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde for committing to help prosecutors in the expeditious release of licenses to carry firearms.

“That’s welcome news,” Guevarra said.

“In fact we have coordinated with the PNP firearms and explosives office to hold one-stop caravans sa DOJ and regional prosecution offices in order to expedite the issuance of firearm permits, as well as to conduct firearms handling and training,” he disclosed.

Last Monday, Ombudsman Assistant Special Prosecutor Madonna Joy Enaco-Tanyag was killed during a robbery incident in Quezon City.

Apart from her, there are other prosecutors who have recently been killed – Mati City Prosecutor Rolando Acido, Quezon City Assistant Prosecutor Johanne Noel Mingoa, Caloocan City Prosecutor Diosdado Azarcon, Rizal Asssitant Provincial Prosecutor Maria Ronatay, Quezon Assitant Provincial Prosecutor Reymund Luna, Quezon City Deputy Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco, and retired Ozamiz City prosecutor Geronimo Marabe.