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Supreme Court allows PDEA to apply for search warrant
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MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has allowed the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to apply for search warrant in connection with violations of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

In a two-page circular issued by Court Administrator Justice Jose Midas P. Marquez, it said that based on the resolution of the SC en banc dated June 4, 2013, the PDEA can now apply for search warrant with the regional trial courts in Manila and Quezon City.

Because of the directive, the SC en banc amended Section 12 of the Guidelines of the Supreme Court involving the duties and powers of the Executive Judges.

Nevertheless, aside from violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, the PDEA as well as the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police and the Anti-Crime Task Force can now apply for search warrant in connection with heinous crimes, illegal gambling, illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions, violations of the Intellectual Property Code, Anti-Money Laundering Act and Tariff and Customs Code.

Marquez clarified the search warrants to be issued by the Quezon City and Manila Regional Trial Courts can be implemented nationwide.

The directive of the SC was also pursuant to the recommendation of the Office of the Court Administrator.