President Luis Abinader was intimidated by the Association of Dominican Prosecutors (Fiscaldom)so that in the project of the general budget of the nation for the year 2023, assign sufficient resources to the Attorney General’s Office to cover the urgent needs of the members of the Public Ministry.
The summons to the head of state was made by the general coordinator of the entity, Francisco Rodríguez Camilo, through the ministerial, Isaac Rafael Lugo, ordinary bailiff of the Superior Administrative Court (TSA), through act 304-22, of September 20. .
In the act of bailiff, the presidents of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Estrella and Alfredo Pacheco, respectively, are also summoned; the Minister of Finance, José Manuel Vicente (Jochi) and the Director General of the Budget, José Rijo Prebost.
In the summons and default, the prosecutors ask that items or budget allocation are included essential for the Superior Council of the Public Ministry and the Attorney General of the Republic to be able to improve the quality of life and working conditions of members of the Public Ministry.
They warn in the act of bailiff that in case of not complying with their request, prosecutors across the country could stop all work under their responsibility, which includes the persecution, raids, investigation, accusations, appeals and the entire criminal justice system.
Rodríguez Camilo, general coordinator of Fiscaldom, maintained that with the allocation of the economic resources that correspond to the Public Ministry, the functional, budgetary and administrative autonomy enshrined in articles 169 and 170 of the Constitution of the Republic is crystallized and consolidated.
He stated that in this way, this extra power body attached to the judicial system can comply with the claims, the conquests, and the rights acquired by the members of the Public Ministry since 2003, with the promulgation of Law 78-03 (repealed), which were incorporated into Law 133-11, Organic Law of the Public Ministry, which has never been fulfilled.
He stated that as fruit of the refusal of the previous governments to allocate the resources that correspond to the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic, all members of the Public Ministry have had their fundamental rights violated.
It considered that the prosecutors receive a pyrrhic and insignificant salary, in violation of the provisions of Laws 78-03 (repealed) and 133-11, which assign them a salary, remuneration and incentives at the same level or higher than that They pay the judges before whom they exercise their functions, which is why they will not endure any more ridicule from the authorities, nor violations of fundamental rights to the detriment of all prosecutors in the country.
According to Rodríguez Camilo, others fundamental rights that are being violated to all members of the Public Ministry They are the right to equality enshrined in article 39 of the Constitution of the Republic and the right to human dignity, established in article 38 of the Magna Carta.
Also the right to protection and assistance to the elderly, contained in article 57; the right to social security to protect them against illness, disability, unemployment and old age, among others.
Rodríguez Camilo argued that prosecutors lack a decent and decent salary, at the level of the functions they perform and that they cannot exercise any other public or private activity; who work in dangerous conditions, fighting delinquency, drug trafficking and organized crime, and despite everything, their economic precariousness forces them to live in marginalized neighborhoods, living together with them and their families in their neighborhoods, surrounded by crime hotspots .
He stressed that only in San José de Ocoa, in the last month four prosecutors have been victims of attacks from sectors linked to crime and drug trafficking.
He cited that they also do not have a high-coverage health insurance plan, so in the last 15 days three prosecutors have diedfor lack of good medical attention and medicines.
He stated that there are more than 50 prosecutors in poor health caused by work stress, suffering from cancer, heart, kidney, liver, stomach, digestive, depressive, anxious, Alzheimer’s, kidney failure and heart failure.
He also noted that more 20 prosecutors are waiting for the pension for old age or disabilitybut nevertheless, do not have a retirement, pension and retirement plan, as ordered by Law No.133-11, in its articles 106 and 107, which has as a consequence that the children, the wife (or) and dependents of members of the Public Ministry.
He warned that they are condemned to be abandoned, in misery, and in precariousness, something that does not happen with the judges of the Judicial Power, those of the Constitutional Court, the members of the Central Electoral Board, the National Police, the military, the teachers. , employees of the Reserve Bank and the Central Bank.
He expressed that It is urgent that President Luis Abinader Corona deliver the resources that correspond to the Public Ministryor, so that the Attorney General of the Republic, Miriam Germán Brito, and the Superior Council of the Public Prosecutor’s Office can immediately put into operation the withdrawal, pension, and retirement plan of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
He said that almost all the members of the Public Ministry of the country are on the lookout, waiting for the call for a national strike of the work in the justice system, in case the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, does not deliver the corresponding resources. , for which they are coordinating and seeking support and solidarity from judges, public defenders, the Bar Association and civil society.
“However, that decision will be the last resort, because we are giving a waiting period and we have given a vote of confidence to the President of the Republic to deliver the necessary resources to the Public Ministry, so that the magistrate Miriam Germán Brito and the Superior Council of the Public Prosecutor’s Office can comply with the constitutional and legal provisions in favor of the Public Prosecutor’s Office”, argues the instance of summons and default. .