The happy days of criminals will soon be over when Congress passes a measure creating the office of Judiciary Marshals under supervision of the Supreme Court through its court administrator.
This was stressed in today’s Senate plenary session by Senator Richard J. Gordon during his sponsorship speech on Senate Bill 1947 seeking the passage of the proposed Judiciary Marshals Act.
He cited a long list of judges having been killed.
In his list, Gordon said 23 cases had been filed, 15 are on trial, two convictions, and six acquittals.
Gordon, chairman of the Senate justice and human rights committee, said that the State wants its judges safe and the enactment of the bill into law would force criminals to think twice.
He said Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta and other justices fully support the bill.
‘’Tapos na ang maliligayang panahon ng mga criminals. You cannot kill a judge,’’ Gordon said. (The happy days of criminals are over.)
The bill states that The Office of the Judiciary Marshals shall be primarily responsible for the security, safety, and protection of the members, officials, personnel, and property of the Judiciary, including the integrity of the courts and their proceedings.
Gordon said that the Supreme Court shall determine and define the functions, powers and responsibilities of the officials and personnel of the Office of the Judiciary Marshals which shall include, but not limited to, the following:
To protect, defend, safeguard, watch over, provide security and ensure the safety of justices, judges, court officials and personnel, including their families, and Halls of Justice, courthouses, and other court buildings and properties;
To conduct threat assessments and undertake investigations and forensic analysis of crimes and other offenses committed, including potential security threats, against justices, judges, court officials and 15 personnel, and Halls of Justice, courthouses, and other court properties.
This shall include coordinating with other law enforcement agencies to maximize collection and sharing of Intelligence information for purposes of identifying threats.
Marshals were formed in the US by George Washington in September, 1789.