Calida says drug war documents submitted to SC not for sharing

05:31 PM March 05, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Solicitor General gave the Supreme Court one condition before it can get its hands on the documents related to the government’s war on drugs — it’s not meant for sharing.


“[Senior] Associate Justice [Antonio] Carpio asked for it, so out of respect for him, we gave it to them [referring to the Supreme Court] under one condition:  it should not be given to the other parties who are not involved in this case,” Solicitor General Jose Calida said Tuesday.

Other parties to the case include human rights lawyers groups — Center for International Law (Centerlaw) and the Free Legal Assistance Groups (FLAG).


When asked if the high court agreed with the condition, Calida said he believes they did, otherwise order will be given to them to provide copies to the other parties.

After a three-day oral argument conducted last year, the Court ordered Calida to submit the following:

– Names, addresses, gender of those killed;
– Place, date and time of drug operations;
– Names of PNP team leader and team members who participated in the operation the pre-operation plan;
– Post operation report;
– Whether search warrants or warrants of arrests were issued; and
– Names of representatives of media, NGOs and barangay officials present during the police operations

For those listed under “death under investigation,” the high court asked the following to be submitted:

– Names, addresses, gender, ages of those killed;
– Date, time and place of the killing;
– Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) team leader and members who investigated the killing;
– Investigation reports; and
– Charges filed against the suspects, if there are any

The high court also asked government lawyers to submit the records of all buy-bust operations conducted in San Andres Bukid, the subject of one of the two petitions as well as the pre-operations and post-operations plans.

Calida said they have fully complied with the Supreme Court submitting all the documents. /ee


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