Lower House approves on final reading the creation of Judiciary Marshals Service

Published June 2, 2021, 9:03 PM

by Ben Rosario

Members of the judiciary and judicial personnel will enjoy the protection of an independent Philippine Judiciary Marshals Service under a bill approved on third and final reading on Wednesday, June 2 by the House of Representatives.

House Bill 9086 breezed through plenary approval, getting the votes of all 182 congressmen present in the plenary when it was called for third and final reading approval.

Passage of the measure was strongly endorsed by the Committees on Justice and on Appropriations chaired by Reps. Vicente S.E. Veloso (3rd District, Leyte) and Eric Go Yap (ACT-CIS Partylist), respectively.

The bill to be known as the “Philippine Judiciary Marshals Service Act” consolidated six different legislative proposals filed by Deputy Speakers Henry Oaminal (2nd District, Misamis Occidental); Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Ferdinand L. Hernandez (2nd District, South Cotabato) and Rep. Luis Raymund “LRay” F. Villafuerte (2nd District, Camarines Sur) and Rozzano Ruffy Biazon (Lone District, Muntinlupa City).

Oaminal said HB 9086 seeks to establish the Judiciary Marshals Service to protect against acts of violence and crimes the judiciary, its officials, personnel, properties and assets. He said the bill provides that the newly-created unit will be an independent, professional and organized security force under the direct control and supervision of the Supreme Court.

According to Oaminal the judiciary police will be headed by a Chief Marshal and Deputy Marshal.

The senior administration lawmaker said the creation of an independent security force for the judiciary has become imperative amid the continued threat of violence against its officials and personnel.

In the explanatory notes of his bill, Oaminal cited the murder in 2019 of Zamboanga del NOrte Judge Reymar Lacaya who was shot dead within the court premises in Liloy town and the killing of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur Judge Mario Anacleto M. Banez in the same year.

On the other hand, Rodriguez said HB 9086 grants the chief marshall the authority to issue permits to carry duly licensed and registered firearms for its personnel.

The judiciary police group, Rodriguez stated, is tasked to ‘protect, defend, safeguard, provide security for and ensure the safety of justices, judges, court officials and personnel, together with courthouses, court buildings and other properties belonging to the judiciary.