CAPITOL increased the allowances of its prosecutors from P5,000 to P10,000.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia yesterday met with regional and provincial prosecutors, headed by Regional State Prosecutor Fernando Gubalane, in a closed-door meeting, but

reporters twice heard their applause.

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After the meeting, Acting Provincial Prosecutor Joseph Berciles confirmed that Garcia announced an increase in the allowances but he did not mention the figures.

It was Garcia, in a press conference, who said she ordered for a 100 percent increase for the prosecutors, benefiting 23 provincial prosecutors and six regional prosecutors.

City prosecutors who will appear in behalf of the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in satellite offices, will also be given an allowance on a per appearance basis.

Garcia has yet to determine the amount.

Budget officer Emme Gingoyon also attended the meeting and told the governor there will be no need for a supplemental budget for the allowances, as the current budget would suffice.

Berciles assured they will not be swayed by the allowances.

Capitol also gave allowances to judges but later halted the allowance of Regional Trial Court Judge Bienvenido Saniel, following the latter's dismissal of a civil suit that Capitol filed against then Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña on the appointment of members of the Metropolitan Cebu Water District.

Capitol explained it filed an administrative case against Saniel, thus the withholding of his allowance.

“We are not scared of that. We will do our job whether we are given allowances or not,” Berciles said.

The prosecutors also told Garcia of the lack of satellite prosecutor offices in Cebu.

The satellite offices were created so that complainants would not have to go to the Palace of Justice at the Capitol compound to file a complaint, as well as the respondents and witnesses.

There are satellite offices in the cities of Naga and Bogo, as well as in the Municipalities of Argao and Liloan.