Suggested readings re RA 9165 cases


It is the policy of the State to safeguard the integrity of its territory and the well-being of its citizenry particularly the youth, from the harmful effects of dangerous drugs on their physical and mental well-being, and to defend the same against acts or omissions detrimental to their development and preservation. In view of the foregoing, the State needs to enhance further the efficacy of the law against dangerous drugs, it being one of today's more serious social ills.

Toward this end, the government shall pursue an intensive and unrelenting campaign against the trafficking and use of dangerous drugs and other similar substances through an integrated system of planning, implementation and enforcement of anti-drug abuse policies, programs, and projects. The government shall however aim to achieve a balance in the national drug control program so that people with legitimate medical needs are not prevented from being treated with adequate amounts of appropriate medications, which include the use of dangerous drugs.

It is further declared the policy of the State to provide effective mechanisms or measures to re-integrate into society individuals who have fallen victims to drug abuse or dangerous drug dependence through sustainable programs of treatment and rehabilitation. (Section 2 of Republic Act No. 9165, cited as the "Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002")

The ten cases below are suggested readings to fully understand the law on and the prosecution of illegal drugs cases.

[1] People of the Philippines v. Jocson, 565 Phil. 303, 309 (2007).
[2] People of the Philippines v. Macatingag, 596 Phil. 376, 388 (2009).
[3] People of the Philippines v. Campomanes, 641 Phil. 610, 620 (2010).
[4] People of the Philippines v. Villahermosa, 665 Phil. 399, 415 (2011).
[5] People of the Philippines v. Araneta, 648 Phil. 672, 684 (2010).
[6] 600 Phil. 591 (2009).
[7] People of the Philippines v. Rosialda, 643 Phil. 712, 727 (2010), citing People of the Philippines v. Rivera, 569 SCRA 879, 897-899 (2008).
[8] People of the Philippines v. Macolingag, 596 Phil. 376, 392 (2009).
[9] 576 Phil. 576 (2008).
[10] People of the Philippines v. Manlangit, 654 Phil. 427, 442 (2011).

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