Ca frees 2 suspected drug peddlers

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the release of two suspected drug traffickers being held by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), in spite of the dismissal of a case against them. Ordered freed were Roldan Lakandula and Marlon Dizon in a ruling issued by Associate Justice Florito Macalino and concurred in by Associate Justices Mariflor Punzalan Castillo and Zenaida Galapate-Laguilles of the CA’s 10th Division. The CA held that the case against Lakandula and Dizo was not “elevated for automatic review to the Office of the Secretary of Justice, [hence]there exists no valid ground or cause for [their]continued detention.” The two were arrested by PDEA agents in July 2014 for alleged violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act in the absence of a warrant of arrest. Despite the dismissal of charges, PDEA allegedly continued to detain Lakandula and Dizon, which caused their filing of petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

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