DOJ still needs over 1,000 prosecutors

Published January 2, 2019, 12:09 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jeffrey Damicog

The Department of Justice (DOJ) remains short-handed and needs over 1,000 prosecutors nationwide.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

“I think there are vacancies amounting to something like over a thousand,” revealed Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

“But we are slowly filling up these positions,” he assured.

On the other hand, the Secretary said the DOJ doesn’t rush to fill up the vacancies.

“But we do not want to rush this also because we want to make sure that the people whom we want to include in the national prosecution service are very qualified and ready to perform their duties faithfully,” he explained.

Meanwhile, he said the DOJ continues to submit to Malacañang lists of potential appointees processed by its promotion and selection board.

“Unti-unti naman lumalabas yung mga appointments (the appointments are slowly being released),” he noted.

“We just have to understand na ganito yung proseso sa Malacañang kasi talagang maraming positions (this is the process Malacanang takes since there are so many positions) not only in the DOJ but in the entire government machinery that have to be filled up by Malacañang,” he explained.

“So it is really quite some time and this is not peculiar to the Duterte administration this happened also in previous administrations,” the DOJ chief added.

Guevarra cited there have been a number of factors which contributed in the piling of vacancies at the DOJ including the number of retirees and those who moved on to the judiciary.

“Quite a number sad to say have been killed in the line of work,” he lamented.