PDEA turns to OSG after CA orders removal of Leyte solon's name in drug list

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Thursday night, June 10, that it will seek the advice of the Office of Solicitor General (OSG) after the Court of Appeals (CA) ordered the removal of Leyte Third District Rep. Vicente Veloso from the list of the Inter-Agency Drug Information Database (IDID).

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In a court order, concerned law enforcement agencies were also ordered by the CA to destroy all documents, records, and information related to Veloso’s inclusion in the drug list.

“PDEA, as one of the executive arms of the government, is bound to abide and follow the rule of law,’’ PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said.

But Carreon stressed that the PDEA was deferring all of its actions to the OSG, which is the principal law office and legal defender of the government.

Carreon noted that PDEA Director-General Wilkins Villanueva immediately ordered the conduct of validation and adjudication at the regional level of all personalities included in the IDID.

“PDEA reassures the public of its commitment, dedication, and determination in achieving drug-resistant and self-policing communities in the future,’’ it added.