Arroyo briefed on anti-drug laws
By Joel Guinto
MANILA, Philippines — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the country’s anti-drugs “czar,” led law enforcement and justice officials in attending a seminar Monday on the effective enforcement of anti-drug laws.
The lecturer at the forum, Justice Lucas Bersamin, told the participants that the sale of drugs need not be consummated for a suspect to be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act.
Bersamin said that under RA 9165, an “attempt to engage” in drug pushing is considered a violation of the law.”
“You don’t have to wait for a transaction to be consummated,” said Bersamin, a former trial court judge.
Bersamin also warned law enforcement officials against fabricating evidence to prove that there was a sale between the drug suspect and the poser-buyer during a buy-bust.
He said whether or not the sale was consummated, the penalty for violation of RA 9165 was the same.
“You should not even try to fabricate evidence by trying to outdo (yourselves),” she said.
Arroyo was seated at the front row at Malacañang’s Heroes’ Hall beside Dangerous Drugs Board Chairman Vicente Sotto III.
Bersamin also lectured the participants on how to effect seizure orders and search by customs agents.
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