By Benjamin Pulta

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla (File photo)

MANILA – The appointment of 98 new prosecutors will ease the heavy workload of the National Prosecution Service leading to the expeditious resolution of cases, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Monday.

The newly promoted prosecutors took their oath before Justice Undersecretary Nicholas Felix Ty as part of the Marcos administration’s efforts to overhaul the country’s justice system, the DOJ said in a statement.

Five of the prosecutors currently hold office at the Office of the Secretary Justice Prosecution Staff while the rest will further strengthen the prosecution offices of Regions 1 to 4, including the National Capital Region.

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla earlier issued modified rules to ensure better rates of conviction in cases filed before prosecutors by giving them more participation in evidence-gathering.

“You are not just legal professionals; you are the gatekeepers of criminal justice. You hold a critical role in ensuring that the rule of law is upheld, that the rights of individuals are protected and that justice is served without fear or favor,” Remulla told prosecutors.

“Strive for excellence in everything you do, uphold the highest ethical standards, and never lose sight of the importance of your role in upholding the rule of law,” he said. (PNA)