Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima today announced the appointment of seventy-two (72) prosecutors in the various prosecution offices in the National Prosecution Service (NPS).
President Benigno S. Aquino issued the appointments of 72 prosecutors from Regions IV, VI, VII and X to address the need to fill-up the 20% vacancy in the NPS.
"This is a timely development and a positive progress in the National Prosecution Service. The Department needs warm bodies to effectively discharge its mandate amidst the increase in cases filed with the Department," the Secretary underscored.
Two (2) prosecutors were appointed in Region IV, one (1) from OPP-Mindoro Oriental and one (1) from OCP-Puerto Princesa City while eighteen (18) prosecutors in different prosecution offices in Region VI were appointed, one (1) from OPP-Antique, four (4) from OPP-Negros Occidental, seven (7) OCP-Bacolod City, two (2) OCP-I1oilo City, one (1) OCP-Roxas City, one (1) OCP-San Carlos City, one (1) OCP-Silay City and one (1) OPP-Aklan.
Fifty-one prosecutors (51) were appointed in Region VII. Two (2) from the Office of the Regional Prosecutor (ORP), four (4) OPP-Bohol, ten (10) OPP-Cebu Province, three (3) OPP-Negros Oriental, one (1) OCP-Bayawan City, one (1) OCP-Bogo City, Cebu, one (1) OCP-Canlaon City, one (1) Carcar City, seventeen (17) OCP-Cebu City, one (1) OCP-Dumaguete City, two (2) OCP-Lapu-Lapu City, three (3) OCP-Mandaue City, one (1) OCP-Naga City, Cebu, two (2) OCP-Tagbilaran City, one (1) OCP- Talisay City, Cebu, and one (1) OCP, Tanjay City.
And one (1) prosecutor was appointed in the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor-Misamis Oriental, Region X.
The Secretary congratulated the newly-appointed prosecutors and reminded them to abide by the Code of Conduct for Prosecutors.
"We need men and women of high integrity to man the frontlines of the Department," the Secretary said.
"I am confident that we can achieve our vision for an expeditious administration of justice through honest and dedicated personnel," she further added.