Quezon City – The House of Representatives Committee on Justice approved House Bill 2927 of Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas, which seeks to create five (5) new Regional Trial Courts (RTCs) in Iloilo City. “We should prioritize the creation of additional RTCs, especially in populous and highly urbanized cities such as Iloilo City, to ensure the speedy disposition of litigated cases,” said Treñas.
The Iloilo City Solon believes that “justice delayed is justice denied” and that the slow progress of cases filed in courts is due to the inadequate number of trial courts in Iloilo City. Treñas said that the existing courts are overburdened with so many docketed cases. He also said that the growing population of Iloilo City necessitates the addition of five new RTCs in order to handle the increasing number of cases filed in the existing courts of the city.
Treñas consulted the Iloilo City RTC Judges, as well as representatives from the Iloilo IBP Chapter and the Iloilo City Prosecutors in order to determine the needs of the city’s courts. “I authored the bill since the members of the bar and the bench in Iloilo City believe that it is necessary to augment the number of trial courts in our city,” said the Iloilo City Congressman. The Committee of Justice, chaired by Congressman Niel Tupas, approved the legislative measure without any objection from the lawmakers and resource persons who attended the committee hearing.