The Negros Chronicle is a weekly publication published in Negros Oriental province, Philippines, vigilantly featuring the latest news updates around Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental since 1973.

SC orders RTC here to hear drug case

Aside from the specially-designated drugs courts, eleven other regional trial courts (RTC) in Negros Oriental are ordered to hear, try and decide cases filed under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, as amended due to the 4volume of drugs cases filed almost daily at RTC Branch 30 under presiding Judge Crescencio Tan Jr. and Branch 36 under presiding Judge Joseph Elmaco.

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes P.A. Sereno along with 14 other justices of the Supreme Court wanted the order dated July 19, 2016 to immediately take effect, while it arrived only lately in Negros Oriental for RTC Executive Judge Gerardo Paguio Jr to implement the same.

The high court order disclosed that all newlyfiled dugs cases shall be raffled to, heard, tried and decided by all RTCs except for the family courts and the overburdened RTCs including two in Negros Oriental, RTC branch 30 and 36.

RTC Branch 30 presiding Judge Tan explained the Supreme Court wants to help in the campaign against illegal drugs in directing the remaining 240 other RTCs all over the country to help decongest the dockets including the resolution of drugs cases.

There are already 715 RTCs all over the country that are authorized to hear and decide drug cases, but because of the increasing and steadily rising number of cases filed, the Supreme Court saw the urgency of authorizing more courts to hear and decide cases considering the already heavy dockets of specially-designated drugs courts. (By Choy Gallarde)





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