House passes bill to strengthen drug prevention and control

Published November 28, 2018, 3:27 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The House Committee on Dangerous Drugs passed on Wednesday a substitute bill seeking to slap a penalty of life imprisonment to death and a fine of P500,000 to P10 million against any person found possessing any dangerous drug during a party or at a social gathering or meeting.

The Joint Session of the Senate and the House of Representatives on the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao commences in the Plenary of the Batasang Pambansa on December 13, 2017. (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)
(MANILA BULLETIN)

The panel, chaired by Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the bill amends the 27 sections of Republic Act 9165, as amended, otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.”

Barbers said the unnumbered substitute bill aims to strengthen drug prevention and control. “The bill amends 27 sections of RA 9165. The Committee just adopted the proposal of other members and Speaker Arroyo’s measure is incorporated in the substitute bill,” he noted.

Under the substitute bill, any person found or is present within or inside the place of sale, trading, marketing, dispensation, delivery or distribution, is presumed to have been involved in the sale, trade or distribution of dangerous drugs, controlled precursors or essential chemicals.

Any person found in possession of any dangerous drug in the following quantity or weight, regardless of purity, is presumed to have been engaged in selling, trading, dispensation, administration, delivery , distribution and/or transportation of dangerous drugs: 200 grams or more of shabu, cocaine, cocaine hydrochloride, opium, heroine, morphine, marijuana resin or marijuana resin oil, or other dangerous drugs; and 500 grams or more of marijuana.

The bill slaps life imprisonment to death and a fine ranging from P500,000 to P10 million against any person or group who shall maintain a den, dive or resort intentionally used for the purpose of selling or using dangerous drug.

The bill also imposes six to 12 year imprisonment and a fine ranging from P500,000 to P1 million against the owner or lessor of a building, warehouse, or any edifice being used as “clandestine laboratories” or used in the manufacture or storage of dangerous drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals.

Any person found possessing any dangerous drug during a party, or at a social gathering or meeting, or in the proximate company of at least two persons shall suffer the penalty pf life imprisonment to death and a fine of P500,000 to P10 million regardless of the quantity and purity of such dangerous drugs, according to the bill.

The bill provides that hazard pay equivalent to 25 percent of monthly salary shall be granted to officials, agents, investigators and other personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) whose geographical assignment or functional mission expose them to greater danger or risks, subject to accounting and auditing requirements. (Charissa M. Luci-Atienza)

 
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