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Corrupt at mabagal daw kasi: Domogan urges SC to dismantle drug courts

Aug 11, 2016 @ 19:21

Owing to their perceived susceptibility to corruption and snail-paced action in processing drug-related cases, Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan asked the Supreme Court (SC) anew to dissolve once and for all special drug courts in his area.

By virtue of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) resolution addressed to the high court, which the local government approved last Wednesday, Domogan appealed for the restoration of the previous system in handling lawsuits involving narcotic substances.

“The council passed the resolution so that the presiding judge of the drug court will not be implicated as a protector of illegal drug personalities which is happening today,” Domogan said in a report published by the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Thursday (August 11).

Back in 2013, when the resolution was first adopted, Domogan said illegal drug cases were mounting that it was impossible for a single court to hear them all. The RAC then requested permission from the SC to raffle the cases instead to other courts where they could be resolved rather quickly.

But the SC failed to act on the first resolution, Domogan said. The mayor claimed it’s about time the high court answer their petition especially since President Rodrigo Duterte recently named Baguio City Judge Antonio Reyes as one of the seven magistrates who were allegedly protecting drug lords.

Records reportedly showed that Reyes, who was assigned to Regional Trial Court Branch 61, dismissed several drug cases due to “technicalities” and he was largely unsuccessful in convicting individuals embroiled in the illegal trade.

Domogan, meanwhile, reiterated that Baguio City is in favor of the Duterte administration’s aggressive efforts towards eradicating the drug menace in the country provided that all information leading to suspects linked to the unlawful activity underwent through rigorous validation processes.

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