Rep. Palma pushes for 3 more courts in Zambo Sibugay


PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — Lawyer Wilter Wee Palma II, Zamboanga Sibugay 1st District representative, is pushing for the creation of three new courts to decongest the caseloads of the single regional trial court (RTC) in the district.

Palma on Tuesday filed Bill 4063 before the House of Representatives, seeking to amend the “Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1981” to pave the way for the creation of three new RTCs in the municipality of Diplahan.

Aside from Diplahan, the first congressional district of Zamboanga Sibugay covers the towns of Alicia, Buug, Imelda, Mabuhay, Malangas, Oluntanga, Payao, and Talusan.

Palma said Thursday that one of the three proposed RTCs will serve as a Family Court, and the other two, as courts of general jurisdiction.

“The creation of these courts will ease the burden of the existing court, as well as address the people’s need for justice that has evaded them for so long,” he said.

At present, the first congressional district of Zamboanga Sibugay has only one court, which is located in Imelda. The second congressional district has four courts.

“As a result, the existing judicial court within the first district was confronted with massive congestion, a far cry from the 300 cases recommended by the Supreme Court, as well as created delays that highly impede the district’s capabilities to respond and deliver justice for its people,” Palma said. (PNA)