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PIA Press Release
2009/06/02

Stakeholders tackle successful drug law enforcement

Tacloban City (June 2) -- Various stakeholders composed of judges, prosecutors, and law enforcers from Regions 6, Region 7 and Region 8, recently assembled at Mactan, Cebu for a Seminar-Workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law.

Ms. Liza Fabi-Baoy, information officer of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 8 said that the seminar was organized by the Supreme Court of the Philippines through the Philippine Judicial Academy and the Dangerous Drugs Board.

Aimed at coordinating and integrating the overall efforts of the Criminal Justice System especially in the field of prosecution and criminal investigation, the seminar primarily hopes to improve the quality of drug cases in order to ensure successful prosecution.

Among the topics discussed by the experts include RA 9344 in relation to the provisions of RA 9165.

Another topic is the treatment, and rehabilitation of drug dependents; RA 9165 in relation to the Revised Penal Code; rules on warrant arrests, seizure and evidence; and handling of evidence in relation to Section 21 of RA 9165.

Other subject matters are the professional responsibility and ethical standards of government employees; classification of dangerous drugs and their pharmacological effects, and inquest and preliminary investigation in drug cases.

The current national drug situation was also presented and workshops were conducted on several topics.

Ms. Baoy said that the seminar is scheduled to be re-echoed in all provinces of Region 8 under the auspices of the Department of Justice, DDB and the Local Government Units in the near future. (PIA 8) [top]

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