- Police teams in Valenzuela City to get P100,000 once they prove the guilt of arrested drug offenders
- Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian said the high acquittal rate of drug cases prompted him to do such move
- From 2013 to 2014, only 3 out of the 226 arrested drug offenders in Valenzuela were convicted
Because of the “high acquittal rate of drug cases” in Valenzuela City, the city government will be giving P100, 000 to police teams that were able to arrest drug offenders — but only if these cops can prove in court the guilt of their arrested drug offenders.
“I observed that this high acquittal rate is very alarming. That’s why I consulted the judges here what’s the problem ,” Valenzuela Mayor Rexlon “Rex” Gatchalian said in a press conference.
Gatchalian disclosed that data from the courts in Valenzuela showed that only three out of the 226 arrested drug offenders from 2013 to 2014 were convicted.
“I was told that most of the cops have inconsistent statements, and they seem not to follow basic procedures…. People were telling me that many pushers and users were being arrested, but after few days, they’re free again,” he added.
The mayor said he got shocked upon hearing this, noting that he enrolled the anti-illegal drugs operatives on refresher course on the handling of pieces of evidence and on how to answer in court.
Because of what he has been hearing, Gatchalian said all the policemen in Valenzuela will undergo again a refresher course on evidence handling, procedure, and how to testify in court.
He disclosed that retired associate justice Roberto Abad will be the one to refresh the cops on Republic Act 9165 “the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.” Other big-time officials to teach the operatives are PDEA NCR Dir. Wilkins Villanueva; Atty. Ramil Gabao; Assoc. Prosecution Atty. Benedict Sta. Cruz; Assisting Judge Maria Soccoro Vista; and Court interpreter Richard Allain Madarang.