PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has signed into law a measure creating a security force under the supervision of the Supreme Court to protect judiciary members and their families as well as court assets.
The Judiciary Marshals Act, signed on April 8, creates the Office of the Judiciary Marshals, which will be under the control and supervision of the High Court through the Office of the Court Administrator.
The office will be responsible for the security and protection of the members, officials, personnel, and property of the judiciary.
It is tasked to conduct threat assessments to ensure safe and orderly court proceedings, trials and hearing. It is also mandated to conduct investigations on erring members of the judiciary.
The law gives the office the authority to assist in the execution of all lawful writs, processes, and orders, and assist in the protection of witnesses. It may also assist in the management and disposal of seized, frozen or forfeited assets.
The number of lawyers killed under the administration of Mr. Duterte increased by 500%, according to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. It said about 10 lawyers were getting killed under every administration since 1972 before Mr. Duterte assumed the presidency in 2016. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza