Ca frees 2 suspected drug peddlers


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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