Anti-narcotics dismayed over case dismissal order-A A +A
Sunday, July 15, 2012
THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao was dismayed over the fiscal's dismissal order of illegal drug case against a policeman for lack of probable cause.
Roberto S. Opeña, PDEA regional director, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that he was surprised why Prosecutor Alma Concepcion-Pareño in Camiguin dismissed PDEA's complaint against Police Officer 2 Teotimo Vallar for violation of Republic Act 9165 known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
According to Opeña, their office was not even informed prior to the dismissal of the case for them to counter.
"The pieces of evidence were strong, in fact, Vallar himself admitted openly over radio and television that he is into illegal drugs kaya nabigla talaga kami and disappointed bakit dinis-miss ng fiscal," he said.
Pareño, Opeña said, dismissed the case based on the statements of the witnesses that there was no buy-bust operation conducted by PDEA at the time they arrested Vallar.
"Of course, self-serving ang statement ng mga witnesses kasi mga kaibigan, relatives at kapitbahay ‘yun ni Vallar. Besides, their statements are still ‘confrontable’ during the trial and not in the preliminary hearing supposedly," he added.
Likewise, PDEA is set to take legal action for this matter especially with the information that Vallar's father was a former judge in Camiguin province.
"May kapatid din daw na nagtatrabaho sa Court of Appeals pati rin sa Supreme Court so tingnan mo ang influence ni Vallar," Opeña said.
Last May 4, 2012, Vallar was arrested by PDEA agents during a buy-bust operation in Sagay, Camiguin.
Vallar, who is an active member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) detained in Magsaysay Municipal Police Station, is PDEA's "high value target drug personality." He was allegedly caught selling a pack of "shabu" worth P500 to an undercover anti-narcotics agent.
Confiscated from him were five pieces of small rectangular transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, one cal. 38 with magazine containing six live ammunitions and P500 bill, which was used as marked money.
The buy-bust operation was conducted along Gomez Street, sitio Sta. Cruz, Poblacion, Sagay in Camiguin around 9:15 a.m. where he was placed under surveillance for a longer period of time.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 16, 2012.