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85% conviction rate
on drug cases eyed

Negros Oriental police provincial director, Senior Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr., yesterday said he is aiming to get an at least 85 percent conviction rate on all drug cases in the province.

He admitted that this is a tall order, but he believes it can be done because of the strong support from judges, prosecutors and the academe.

Marquez said Region 7 or Central Visayas is second in the number of conviction rates in the country with 61 percent, next to Region 11 with 64.5 percent rating.

The rating result was presented during the Visayas-wide Seminar Workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcers in Cebu, recently.

He said the remaining 39 percent includes the ongoing cases, and those whose cases were dismissed or were acquitted of charges by the court. 

On the drugs cases filed, Region 7 ranked third with 9.2 percent rating.

Marquez said he will be providing all chiefs of police in the province with a training manual, which will include all the data and information for proper procedure during raids, apprehension and documentation of drugs cases.

He added that some drug personalities were acquitted due to mere technicality in the documentation, and the custody of evidence and the suspects.

Meanwhile, also presented during the workshop were the top five reasons for the dismissal of drug cases that include the non-appearance of prosecution witnesses, insufficiency of evidence, irregularity/illegality of arrest, search and seizure, and the inconsistencies in testimony.

Marquez said he is planning to conduct a training seminar for COP’s and police investigators on the proper arrest techniques during drug raids.*MA




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