By Jeffrey Damicog
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has a backlog of over 10,000 cases pending for review.
“Our last count is at about anywhere from 12,000 to 14,000 pending,” disclosed DOJ Undersecretary Adrian Sugay.
Parties file petitions for review before the Office of the Secretary if they are unsatisfied with the results of the preliminary investigation conducted by prosecutors of the National Prosecution Service (NPS) over a case.
The petitions are resolved either by the justice secretary or one of the undersecretaries.
Meanwhile, Sugay assured that the DOJ is doing what it can to trim down the backlog of cases.
“So were taking measures to ensure that all of these petitions are resolved or addressed properly,” he said.
Sugay noted that a number of cases have been filed even before the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“We were talking about anywhere from 10,000 to 11,000 ang inabot na namin dito (when we got her),” the Undersecretary noted.
“And then add another 2,000 to 3,000 petitions filed after June 30, 2016,” he added.