THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has resolved more than 2,000 petitions for review in 2019, or more than four times higher compared to the petitions resolved in 2018.
Justice Assistant Secretary Neal Vincent M. Bainto told reporters that as of December 2019, the department has resolved 2,350 petitions for review.
The number is higher compared to the 1,727 petitions for review resolved in 2017 and 556 in 2018.
“For this year-to-date, the department has resolved 2,350 petition for review,” Bainto told reporters.
He said the close monitoring of the status of petitions being resolved started after the implementation of petition for review information system in 2016, he said.
On the other hand, Justice Undersecretary and Spokesman Markk Perete attributed the increase in the number of resolved petitions for review to the decongestion project launched this year by the department.
Prior to the change of leadership in 2016, there were around 13,000 to 14,000 unsolved petitions for review, according to Perete.
Of the resolved petitions in 2019, 300 came from the decongestion project, he said. He said more petitions for review are expected to be resolved in 2020, as the department intensifies its decongestion program.
“But again, the decongestion project was launched sometime late this year so we would see probably an increase of the number cases resolved, cases filed prior 2016 which will be resolved by this leadership,” he assured.
Petitions for review are being filed before the Office of the Secretary by parties who lost in cases under preliminary investigation, or reinvestigation by state prosecutors.