‘Justice on Wheels’ resolves 300 cases in Iloilo

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ILOILO CITY — The government’s Enhanced Justice on Wheels (EJOW) resolved more than 300 cases in Iloilo on Friday.

The EJOW located in front of the Iloilo Hall of Justice in this city started receiving cases at 8:30 a.m.

“We will be hearing cases and order the release of several detention prisoners in different detention centers,” Executive Judge Victor Gelvezon said in an interview.

Judge Daniel Antonio Gerardo Amular, Presiding Judge of Branch 35, said there had been 78 Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) released through the services rendered through EJOW.

“On my part, I have released seven PDLs with cases related to drugs, and I have disposed of 23 cases. There are a lot of us, so meaning if we put our acts together, we can dispose of a lot of cases in one day,” Amular said.

Apart from expediting the administration of justice, the EJOW also made people aware that the Supreme Court (SC) is doing its share on the country’s democratic processes.

“Your courts are here to protect the interest of everybody. Whether you are rich or poor, powerful or have no influence,” he said.

The community, law enforcement agencies, prosecution, courts, and the corrections – or the five pillars of justice – gathered for a dialogue at the Casa Real de Iloilo.

Amular said one of the concerns raised during the dialogue was the lack of facilities for female drug convicts.

“We don’t have facilities for women who would need treatment. We have in Pototan for male patients who had been convicted but not for females. So, we have to send the females whether in Taguig or in Cebu to avail of the facilities,” he said.

Amular added that the local government unit of Iloilo province and Iloilo City are “thinking to do something” with the present problem.

He said “aftercare” must be ensured to people with drug cases.

“We see to it that they are rehabilitated either through counseling, depending on the severity of the addiction,” he said.

Part of the activities of the Supreme Court is the information dissemination to village officials and the medical and dental mission to around 1,000 PDLs in different detention centers here.

After a day’s stay in Iloilo, the EJOW will also visit other areas in the county.

“They will be going to other areas but on our part, we will be continuing or speedy disposition of cases,” Gelvezon said. (PNA)

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