THE Supreme Court (SC) has paved the way for the designation of an additional court to handle drugs cases in Cagayan de Oro City.
In an en banc resolution promulgated by Clerk of Court Felipa Anama dated October 6, 2015 but was released to the media only recently, the tribunal has approved to assign one more branch court to try and dispense all drug related cases as part. This is in addition to the existing drug court where all cases on prohibited drugs are assigned.
The resolution is in response to the recommendation of the Court Administrator to amend the ruling dated July 7, 2015 to establish rules to be observed in the unloading of cases.
At present, all cases filed relative to illegal drugs fall under the sala ofJudge Florencia Sealana-Abbu of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17.