City prosecutor’s office reports high case disposition rate

BAGUIO CITY – The Office of the City Prosecutor reported excellent case disposition marks in three aspects of their work from January to September this year.

In a report before city officials and employees led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan last Monday, Deputy City Prosecutor Conrado Catral Jr. said their office scored 99.94 percent in the disposition of cases for preliminary investigation or summary procedure; 100 percent in inquest proceedings; and 96.15 percent in motions for reconsideration (MRs).

For preliminary investigation, the office received a total of 1,550 complaints (1,541 new and nine remnants from 2016) and disposed 1,549 (1,105 filed in court and 444 dismissed) cases leaving only one pending case.

For inquest proceedings, a total of 484 new complaints were received and the same number was acted on with 460 informations filed in court and 24 dismissed or referred to other offices.

As to MRs, a total of 129 new motions were received plus one pending motion from 2016 for a total of 130.

Of these, 125 motions were resolved with five still pending as of Sept. 30.

City prosecutor Elmer Manuel Sagsago said this accomplishment was a testimony that they “have served to the best of our abilities” despite having a hard time dealing with problems in investigating and prosecuting cases and their lack of manpower and some resources.

Sagsago said they now have two newly assigned prosecutors and are requesting the city government to approve the hiring of two assistants to augment their staff.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan lauded the office for “a very excellent performance.”

“I am sure that this accomplishment contributes to the administration of justice in the city and I hope our partners in the prosecution office will sustain this commendable performance,” he said. /Aileen P. Refuerzo