GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Supreme Court (SC) has approved the reopening in March of the Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) for the municipalities of Malapatan and Glan towns in Sarangani province.
Malapatan Mayor Salway Sumbo Jr. said Thursday the SC’s second division has issued the go-signal for the resumption of the court’s operations, which ceased in 2008 reportedly due to manpower problems.
He said the local government submitted a letter-request to the high court in August 2019 to consider the reopening of the MCTC and appoint a judge that will handle it.
The Sangguniang Bayan or municipal council of Malapatan sent a resolution to the SC supporting the move, he said.
“We have allotted a space in our municipal building to host the court sala,” he said in a statement.
The SC has designated Judge Chalmer Gevieso, currently assigned at the Municipal Trial Court in Maasim town, as presiding judge.
Gevieso, who inspected early this week the court’s space at the old municipal council session hall, said its reopening will be a big help to residents of Malapatan and Glan.
“They will no longer have to go to other localities for the scheduled hearings of their cases,” he said.
The nearest MCTC, which was assigned for Alabel and Malungon towns, is at the Sarangani provincial capitol compound in Alabel.
Gevieso said the MCTC for Glan-Malapatan, which is a first level court, will initially hear cases every Monday. (PNA)