TAGBILARAN CITY – A total of 33 illegal drugs cases filed in court were dismissed and only two (2) convicted while 12 acquitted during the first half of the year, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) yesterday said. PDEA agent Ma. Chona Egam bared this during the Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting held at Reyna’s Garden in this city presided over by Gov. Edgar Chatto. During the said period, PDEA’s effort in curbing the drugs supply in the province has produced a total of 276.89 grams of shabu worth (in street value) Php3,267,302.00.
Of this drug haul, a total of 134.57 grams were made possible through buy bust operations while by way of search warrants and “inflagrante de licto” netted 127.19 grams and 15.13 grams, respectively, PDEA said.
On drugs cases filed before the Prosecutors Office, 23 were dismissed while a total of 151 cases set for resolution; 78 others for preliminary; and 177, newly-filed during the same period.
A total of 358 cases were filed before the Regional Trial Courts with violation of section 11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act topped (191 cases). Violations of section 5 with 89 cases; section 6, four; section seven, 12; section 12, 58; and section 15, four.
PDEA said that a total of 169 persons involved in drugs cases have been detained; 54 posted bail bond; and 19 still at large. There were more suspects arrested during the month of March with 41 followed by February – 31; and January — 22, the lowest. The months of April, May and June with 26, 25 and 24, respectively.
It will be recalled that Bohol Poll reported that the concerned of illegal substance posted 29% (very serious) based on the respondents response. This is much higher than 15% (very serious) in 2014. Only 8% said it is very serious in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The latest survey that took place on March 26 to April 17 showed that 28% said it is not serious and 18% “not a problem at all” and 30% said it’s “somewhat serious.”
Tagbilaran city posted the highest with 52% (“very serious;”) “somewhat serious,” 29%; not serious, 13%; and “not a problem at all,” 6%.
First district had “very serious,” 24%; “somewhat serious,” 29%; “not serious,” 28%; and “not a problem at all,”18%.
Second disctrict: very serious, 32%; somewhat serious, 31%; not serius, 28%; and not a problem at all, 9%. Third district had very serious, 31%; somewhat serious, 29%; Not serious, 31%; and not a problem at all, 8%.
In urban areas: very serious posted 41%; somewhat serious, 36%; not serious, 16; and not a problem at all, 5%. In rural: very serious, 24%; somewhat serious, 27%; not serious, 34%; and not a problem at all, 14%, Bohol Poll said.
Bohol Poll launched by Holy Name University (HNU) Research Center on March 26 to April 17, 2015 was presented Tuesday held at the university high school audio-visual hall attended by different representatives of government agencies, business, city and provincial governments.
Bohol Poll which has been reporting since 1997 conducted interviews with 400 respondents, 100 for each district and a separate 100 in this city. (rvo)