Cebu's Talisay City Gets First Trial Courts

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TALISAY CITY, Cebu - This city will soon have its first three trial court branches. This, after both the House and the Senate passed on third and final reading a bill creating one municipal trial court (MTC) and two regional trial court (RTC) branches here.

Rep. Eduardo Gullas, a former provincial governor of Cebu, authored the bill. Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile sponsored the measure in the Senate.

Talisay is in Cebu province's First District, which Gullas represents in Congress. Gullas served as the first mayor of Talisay immediately after the town was upgraded into a component city of Cebu province by Republic Act 8979 in November 2000.

Both the House and the Senate are expected to ratify shortly the bicameral conference committee report on the Gullas bill, which has since been merged with other measures creating new court branches in other parts of the country.

Once enacted, the consolidated bill would amend the Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1981.

Gullas expressed confidence the new court branches would advance in a big way the administration of justice not only in the first district, but also in Cebu City.

"This will surely decongest the dockets of existing RTC and MTC branches in Cebu City, and thus give more meaning to the mandate of the Constitution with respect to access to swift justice," Gullas pointed out.

The Bill of Rights, as enshrined in Article III, Section 16 of the Constitution, mandates that: "All persons shall have the right to the speedy disposition of their cases before all judicial, quasi-judicial, or administrative bodies. …