THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) vowed Saturday to exhaust all legal remedies, including the filing of a motion for reconsideration, on the dismissal by the Department of Justice of the drug case against Lieutenant Colonel Ferdinand Marcelino and Chinese national Yan Yi Shou.
PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. admitted that he was saddened by the action of the DOJ, citing the strong testimonial and documentary evidence the PDEA and the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG) have presented.
Cases for violations of Section 8 (Manufacture of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, were filed against Marcelino and Shou.
“We have no doubt that PDEA and PNP-AIDG operatives have done their job well and exercised regularity in the performance of their duties as mandated by law. We will not allow setbacks like this to jeopardize our thrusts in bringing drug offenders to justice,” Cacdac said.
“PDEA and PNP-AIDG will exhaust all legal remedies, in particular the filing of Motion for Reconsideration, and remain hopeful that the Court will take a second look at the facts of the case and the evidence submitted for its consideration, to set aside the DOJ’s dismissal,” the PDEA chief added.
The DOJ, through Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Theodore Villanueva, dismissed the case for insufficiency of evidence without prejudice to whatever evidence the PDEA and PNP-AIDG would again submit to corroborate their complaint against respondents.
The Justice department also recommended that Marcelino and Shou be released from detention unless there are other lawful cause to the contrary. (SDR/Sunnex)