Closed until lockdown lifting: DOJ prosecutors told to stay home
Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the closure of all prosecution offices starting Monday, 23 March 2020, until President Rodrigo has lifted the total lockdown in Luzon and state of calamity nationwide.
Guevarra urged all prosecutors and their staff to follow Duterte’s directive to stay and only go their respective offices for very urgent matters.
“All prosecution offices are directed to coordinate immediately with the local PNP and other law enforcement units and to make available the names of our designated contact/point persons and/or all contact details for purposes of inquest and very urgent court duty where and when necessary,” said Justice Undersecretary Adrian Sugay in a statement.
“Please ensure the availability at all times of inquest prosecutors who shall be on-call. No travel or leave applications shall be allowed/granted during the period of the public health emergency,” he added.