Only 22% of ’03-’08 drug cases solved
MANILA, Philippines — Of the 99,754 illegal drug cases filed from 2003 to end of 2008, only 22 percent were resolved, while 78 percent remain unresolved, Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Chairman Vicente Sotto III said Tuesday.
Of the total number of resolved cases, only 32 percent resulted in convictions, 31 percent led to acquittals, 27 percent were dismissed, and 11 percent provisionally dismissed, Sotto told a news conference in Malacañang.
In 2008 alone, 8,377 cases were filed against 9,736 people who were accused of violating anti-drug laws, Sotto said.
Sotto blamed the low resolution rate of cases to the failure of prosecution witnesses to show up during trial. He said half of all cases that were dismissed were due to the failure of witnesses to testify.
The data was gathered by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), he said.
View article as posted on INQUIRER.net