Courts in some Cebu cities remain suspended-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
COURT operations in the cities of Cebu, Lapu-lapu and Mandaue have yet to resume due to aftershocks from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted Central Visayas a week ago, the Supreme Court said Monday.
"OCA (Office of the Court Administrator) officials are scouting for areas where hearings may temporarily be held but pending such identification, hearings and work at these Halls of Justice are suspended," said Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez.
In Cebu City, the SC official said there is still no work because the Hall of Justice was severely damaged.
In Lapu Lapu City, it appears that the building only has minimal damage but still has to be checked by structural engineer.
"In the cities of Lapu-lapu and Mandaue, the offices of the clerks of court are open to receive pleadings. In all three places, hearings have been suspended," said Marquez in a text message.
Marquez said work in Tagbilaran City courts resumed. For the rest of Bohol, he said it is up to the executive judges to assess the situation.
State-run Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded 2,193 aftershocks, 46 of them were felt, since the tremor occurred on October 15.
The quake has killed 186 people while damage to property climbed to P867.24 million on Monday morning. (Sunnex)