The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), in partnership with the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SC), and Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) convened judges, prosecutors and law enforcers in a three-day seminar-workshop on RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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Held on 24-26 September 2018 at Century Park Hotel, Malate, Manila, the seminar-workshop is designed to address the problems on dismissal of drug cases and operations lapses which aims to integrate the over-all efforts of the criminal justice system especially in the field of prosecution and investigation.

In attendance were 69 participants composed of 21 judges, 18 prosecutors and 30 law enforcers from the National Capital Judicial Region.

DDB Chairman Secretary Catalino Cuy led the opening ceremony and expressed his gratitude to the support of the members of the criminal justice system in the activity, “Thank you for taking some time off of your busy schedules to attend this seminar-workshop. We [Dangerous Drugs Board] are very grateful for your support to the intensified campaign against illegal drugs.”

“As the vanguard of justice and the front-liners in the conduct of anti-drug operations, you play a significant role in the fight against drugs. The future of a drug-free Philippines lies in our hand. We need to step up and do whatever is necessary to protect the lives of every Filipino,” he added.

The three-day workshop aims to discuss, among others, issues and concerns on handling drug related cases and the conduct of buy-bust operations including the collection, handling and preservation of evidence.

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Judges, prosecutors and law enforcers from the different regions across the country are convened three times a year to strengthen effective collaboration among the pillars of the criminal justice system in the implementation of R.A. 9165.