SC urges prompt action on Zambo judge’s slay

MANILA The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday called on authorities to quickly act on the murder of Judge Reymar Lacaya of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 11.

The entire Judiciary condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of Judge Lacaya. I am urging the authorities to exert their best efforts for the immediate apprehension of those responsible for Judge Lacaya's death, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin said in a statement.

Lacaya, who was shot dead in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte on Thursday afternoon, is the 30th active judge to be slain since 1999.

In 2005, the Court approved the Guidelines for Detail of Court Personnel as Security of Judges allowing a judge who receives a direct threat to apply with the Philippine National Police (PNP) or the Court's Security Committee for protection.

The Court, through the Office of the Court Administrator, has inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippine National Police in 2005 to work and coordinate with each other in the processing of Permits to Carry Licensed Firearms of the members of the Judiciary, especially those who are receiving death threats.

Under the MOA, judges are granted permits to carry their firearms even outside their stations. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency