PAO Davao visits city jail, conducts medical and legal mission

April 6, 2010 11:16 am 

DAVAO CITY, April 6 — The Public Attorneys Office (PAO) here conducted a jail visitation, medical, dental, legal and decongestion mission at city jail or the Ma-a City Jail on Monday.

PAO chief Persida Rueda-Acosta said the mission has been implemented all over the country since 2007 and numerous detainees have availed of the program.

"The project has been so successful and we helped many inmates through our medical and dental projects," Acosta said.

"May iba kasi na may problema sa kaso (Some inmates have the problem in their cases) and our lawyers here will personally advise them on what to do," Acosta said.

Acosta also personally ordered PAO Regional Director Francis Calatrava to handle the case of an American citizen who was charged with drug possession.

"The accused was Ryan James and I want Attorney Calatrava to personally handle the case for immediate deportation," Acosta said.

Ryan Sean James is now facing charges in violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for possessing morphine when he was caught inside a motel last January 2.

"He has no passport and the case fell under the special laws. I want this man to be deported as soon as possible so that he can be with his family," Acosta said, adding that they have already talked to US embassy.

Meanwhile, Calatrava said they are also reviewing the pending cases of the inmates inside the city jail under their decongestion program. (PNA) FFC/JLC/lvp

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