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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, February 3, 2018
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Javier tops disposal
of criminal suits
BY CARLA GOMEZ

The Bacolod Regional Trial Courts disposed of 2,222 criminal cases and 693 civil cases for a total of 2,915 last year.

Executive Judge Raymond Joseph Javier of RTC Branch 52 that handles drugs cases disposed of the most number of criminal cases at 253 in 2017, court records show.

In second place was Branch 54 Judge Eduardo Sayson with 239, followed by Branch 48 RTC Judge Rosario Ester Orda–Caise with 222, Branch 45 Judge Phoebe Balbin – 205, Branch 50 Judge Estefanio Libutan Jr. – 190, Branch 46 Judge Edgar Tupas– 167, Branch 44 Judge Ana Celeste Bernad – 153;

Branch 47 Judge Therese Blanche Bolunia–153, Branch 43 Judge PhiladelfaPagapong-Agraviador – 152, Branch 41 Judge Ray Alan Drilon – 123, Branch 42 Judge Fernando Elumba – 113, Branch 49 Judge Manuel Cardinal - 93, Branch 51 Judge Anita Guanzon-Chua – 93, Branch 53 that is now vacant - 66.

Four out of the 14 branches of the Bacolod RTC, are now vacant with three more judges having retired late last year, Javier said.

Those who retired are Drilon, Cardinal and Chua, he said.

Elumba in 2017 disposed of the most number of civil cases special proceedings and cadastre cases at 91, followed by Cardinal with 79,Libutan – 75, Agraviador - 72, Tupas – 61, Orda-Caise – 57, Balbin – 54,Sayson – 53, Drilon - 52 and Bernad – 49, Branch 53 that is now vacant -27 and Chua - 23.

In 2017 the Supreme Court ordered that no new drug cases be assigned to the drug courts which, in Bacolod, are Branch 52 of Javier and Branch 47 of Bolunia to enable them to concentrate on speeding up decisions on pending cases in their branches.

The continuous trial program directed by the SC has also hastened decisions on cases, Javier said.

Branch 47 got one new case which was merged with a pending case.

The SC also directed that new drug cases can now be assigned to other RTC branches, Javier said.

In 2017 there were 2,003 criminal cases filed at the Bacolod RTCs, with drug cases accounting for the majority at 965.

The criminal cases were assigned to Branch 51 –35, Branch 41 – 115, Branch 42 – 194, Branch 43 – 137, Branch 44 – 204, Branch 45- 280, Branch 46 – 216, Branch 48 – 226, Branch 49 – 177, Branch 50 – 222 and Branch 54- 96.

Of the 596 civil cases special proceedings and cadastre cases filed in 2017 Branch 51 – 15. Branch 41 had 65, Branch 42 -59, Branch 43- 69, Branch 44 -62, Branch 45 – 55, Branch 46 – 54, Branch 48 – 58, Branch 49 – 41, Branch 50 – 59 and Branch 54 -59.*CPG

 

 

 

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