CITY: The Negros Island Region has the highest number of unresolved drug cases in the Philippines, an official of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) said on Thursday, citing data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Undersecretary Maria Belen Angelita Matibag, DDB executive director, revealed this during the three-day Seminar-Workshop on Dangerous Drugs Law for Judges, Prosecutors and Law Enforcers of the 6th Judicial Region organized by the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court here.
“Unresolved means that it is pending, the case is still active and the court has not yet issued a decision on it,” she pointed out.
Based on the data provided by Matibag, the other regions with low rate resolution are Region 1 (Ilocos) – 94 percent; Region 3 (Central Luzon) – 92 percent; Regions 7 (Central Visayas), Regions 6 (Western Visayas) and 4A (Calabarzon) – 88 percent; and Region 4B (Mimaropa) at 86 percent.
On the other hand, the regions with the highest rate of resolved drug cases are Cordillera Administrative Region at 43 percent; Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) – 23 percent; Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao – 21 percent; and the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) – 19 percent.
Matibag also cited data on the status of drug cases filed from 2002 to March 2017, where 161,166 cases or 84.4 percent of the total of 190, 962 cases are pending before various courts throughout the country.
Of the total number, suspects acquitted were12, 925 or 6.77 percent; 6, 882 or 3.86 percent were dismissed; 6,851 or 3.59 percent convicted; 1,461 or 0.77 percent were archived (or on hold for various reasons); and 1,677 or 0.88 percent were provisionally dismissed.
Matibag said non-appearance of prosecution witnesses and insufficiency of evidence were the top reasons for the dismissal of drug cases.
She added that “the data is not alarming as the cases are still pending, that is why we are having this seminar so we could address the concerns and have speedy disposition of cases.”