If proven by law enforcement investigators that illegal drug activities like selling and using indeed happened at the Close Up Forever Summer Concert where five participants died in Pasay City last month, organizers may be held liable for violation of Section 6 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 on the maintenance of den, dive or resort. The concert venue may be construed as a den where illegal drug activities take place.

In case where deaths occurred due to drug use, Sec. 6 also provides for a fine ranging from P1-M to P15-M and the death penalty which may be imposed on the maintainer, owner and operator of the activity.

This is what Sec. Felipe L. Rojas, Jr., along with other DDB officials who attended the House probe on the Pasay concert deaths on Monday told the meeting of the joint committees of Dangerous Drugs, Youth and Sports and Metro Manila Development.

DDB Deputy Executive Director for Operations, Asec. Benjamin P. Reyes also presented information on the incident compiled from various reports from the law enforcement.

Policy issues that the DDB will look into were also reported. Some of these are the reclassification of new dangerous drugs, supervision of local government units on events, and liabilities of event organizers and venue owner.