The Philippines: Lawyers’ groups decry arrest, charges against colleague

December 15, 2016


The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has filed criminal complaints against a lawyer of the family of slain suspected drug lord Melvin Odicta Sr. even as lawyers’ groups raised alarm over how police treated their colleague.

Lawyer Marbehn Lumbo was accused of preventing the implementation of a search warrant for illegal drugs during a raid at the Odicta family compound in Barangay Malipayon last week, where three sons of the slain suspected drug lord were arrested.

Aside from the complaint for obstruction of justice, the PDEA in Western Visayas region also slapped Lumbo with another case for violation of Republic Act No. 1965, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, allegedly for being a “protector [or] coddler” of a drug den. The PDEA filed the complaints in the Iloilo City prosecutor’s office on Monday. (FRANCAIS)


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