8 new prosecutors named, but DOJ needs a lot more

Published January 25, 2019, 3:24 PM

by AJ Siytangco


By Jeffrey Damicog

President Duterte has named eight new prosecutors, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday.


“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed eight new prosecutors to various positions in the National Prosecution Service (NPS),” DOJ spokesperson Undersecretary Markk Perete said in a statement.

“More appointments are expected to be made to fill up vacancies in the NPS,” Perete said.

The new appointments are:

  • Joanna Arellano as Associate City Prosecutor of Batangas City.
  • Lady Jane Batisan and Ricardo Yao Atanacio Jr. as Nueva Ecija Assistant Provincial Prosecutors.
  • Cavite Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Jocelyn Nolasco Santiago/
  • Rosa City Assistant City Prosecutors Crispulo Babylonia Abayon III, Romulo Tena Maristaza Jr., and Cruz, Jessie Ariño Jr.
  • Rosa City Associate City Prosecutor Johnny Dela Cruz Caguiat.

Last December, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra revealed DOJ needed over 1,000 new prosecutors.

On the other hand, Guevarra said DOJ is no rush to fill up the vacancies.

“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 said.

Guevarra said the department continues to submit to Malacanang the names 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 Malacanang kasi talagang maraming positions (this is the process of 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 Malacanang,” he said.

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

Guevarra cited a number of factors that led to the piling up of vacancies at 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 said.