PDEA saddened over acquittal of big-time drug suspects

January 14, 2010 10:45 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 14 – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Thursday said they were saddened over the acquittal of three high-profile drug suspects who were arrested during an operation by PDEA agents last July 6, 2007.

PDEA director general Dionisio Santiago told reporters they were dismayed by the dismissal of the drug case against Fernando Tinga, his brother Alberto and their nephew Alan Carlos Tinga by judge Raul Bautista Villanueva of the Taguig City Regional Trial Court Branch 267.

“We are confident our agents did their job well and exercised regularity in the performance of their duties as mandated by Republic Act 9165. However, this is part of the limitations of law enforcement," Santiago said.

He said he had already ordered the PDEA-Legal and Prosecution Service, headed by lawyer Alvaro Lazaro, to look into the reasons for the suspects’ acquittal.

"We will be consistent and relentless. We will not be demoralized. We will openly voice out our opposition to dismissals and acquittals of drug cases and suspects and we will take note of the lessons learned from these cases," Santiago said. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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