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RDC 8 tackles establishment of police crime laboratories

Tacloban City (April 26) -- The establishment of police crime laboratories and the lack of personnel handling drug related cases are among the issues which will be discussed during today's meeting of the Development Administration Committee of the Eastern Visayas Regional Development Council.

The RDC DAC Committee took notice of the fact that there is only one police crime laboratory with five personnel assigned at Camp Kangleon , Palo, Leyte which services the Region's six provinces, four cities and forty-two regional trial courts.

The RDC DAC Committee also took cognizance of the fact that most drug cases are dismissed by the courts for failure of the chemist to attend to the said cases. It was learned that the presence of the chemist is important in order to interpret the chemistry report and to identify the drugs submitted for examination.

Among the common reasons cited for dismissal of drug related cases include conflict of schedule of the chemist and failure to prosecute due to lack of evidence and violation of the right of the accused for a speedy trial.

The project which is being proposed by the Department of Justice in the Region, is seen as a big help in the dispensation of forensic services and in the administration of justice.

At present, the Department of Justice said, the Philippine National Police crime laboratory field offices are established in some areas of the Region manned by only one personnel who main forensic task is to conduct macro-etching of motor vehicles for registration.

Some of these field offices occupy small spaces in some police district offices in the Region, the proponent observed.

With the support of the Regional Development Council and the local government agencies, the Department of Justice hopes for the establishment of police crime laboratories in the provinces and cities of Eastern Visayas. (PIA 8) [top]

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