MANILA - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will seek a review of the dismissal of charges against the daughter of convicted drug dealer Yu Yuk Lai, its chief said Friday.
A Manila City Regional Trial Court cleared Diana Uy of drug charges and ordered her immediate release from detention after the judge dismissed the charges against her due to "lack of probable cause" in the issuance of search warrant and "irregularities" by PDEA agents, Director General Aaron Aquino said.
"PDEA strongly disagrees with the decision. We condemn the decision of the judge...We will file a petition for certiorari. Titingnan namin bakit premature at hasty ang naging decision ng judge tungkol doon," he told radio DZMM.
In seeking to modify or nullify a ruling, a petition for certiorari argues that the court acted without jurisdiction or the judge abused his discretion in deciding the case.
"Devastated kami sa PDEA ngayon. Kahit anong trabaho ang gawin namin, tapos ia-acquit lang din yung mga drug queen na ito. Walang mangyayari sa ating bansa pag ganito," Aquino said.
Uy’s home was raided “immediately after” her mother was arrested, recalled Aquino. He said they had a valid search warrant issued by a Quezon City RTC.
Aquino said 2 kilograms of shabu were recovered from Uy's home, worth about P10 million. He said the agents could not have planted that amount of drugs when they do not have even a single gram of narcotics.
Uy was suspected of smuggling drugs into the women's correctional through a "backdoor," under the guise of bringing rice.
"Hindi namin titigilan ito hangga’t di namin nabibigyan ng justice ito," said Aquino.