The Regional Trial Court Branch 30, the drugs court of Negros Oriental, has convicted 29 illegal drug traffickers, 15 of them sentenced to life imprisonment, in the first six months of 2013.
Court records show that, as of June 30, it has a pending case load of 109, or down by 94 cases, compared to the same period in 2012. It has an average disposal rate of 10 cases each month, all for violation Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
All those convicted were ordered imprisoned at the Bureau of Corrections in Muntinlupa City, or at the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City. Nineteen of the 29 convicted have filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals.
The RTC said that 23 accused were acquitted on reasonable doubt, and three drug cases were dismissed for insufficiency of evidence. For pending cases, 50 of them are less than a year old, 21 are one to two years old, and 38 cases are two to three years old.
Meanwhile, action officer Fernando Martinez of the Negros Oriental Drug Abuse Prevention Council convened the membership of the anti-drugs council in Dumaguete City recently.
Martinez said he will institutionalize the anti-drug campaign of the government so it will become proactive and deliver better results.
He said programs that will be aggressively implemented this year are the enhancement training for police and law enforcers on drug operations and court procedures, conferences with mayors and local drugs abuse councils, information drive in schools and barangays, procurement of more drug testing kits for the Provincial Crime Laboratory, random drug testing for government personnel, request for confidential and intelligence funding assistance for buy-bust operations in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and training of drug-sniffing dogs.*RG
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