DoJ: Dismiss raps vs ex-Caramoan mayor in shabu lab operation

  • Written by Sonny Sales
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NAGA City -- Department of Justice (DoJ) Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez had recommended the dismissal of charges for violation of RA 9165 or the ammended Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against former Caramoan, Camarines Sur Mayor Constantino H. Cordial, who was included by the Police Regional Office 5 in an ammended complaint last year filed before the DoJ on the operation of the mega-shabu lab in Bgy. Palta Small in Catanduanes uncovered by the PNP and the PDEA on Nov. 26, 2016.

Suarez cited that the evidence presented by the PNP against Cordial’s involvement in the operation of the mega-shabu laboratory is weak.

The DoJ State Prosecutor also revealed that Cordial presented a certification from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) showing that he has no registered ownership of a speed boat that allegedly hauled drums of chemicals used for the production of methamphetamine hydrochloride in Catanduanes.

Suarez also recommended the dismissal of charges against other respondents in the amended complaint due to the same reason of having weak evidence against the respondents.

However, the DoJ State Prosecutor said that his recommendation to dismiss would still be a subject of approval by DoJ Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre III.