Plea bargaining for minor drug offenses pushed

MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Vicente Sotto III wants plea bargaining agreements allowed for small-time drug offenders.   Sotto filed Senate Bill No. 492 which seeks to allow plea bargaining for violators of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, particularly small-time or low-level drug users and for possession of illegal drugs.   He reasoned out that allowing plea bargaining for such offenders would help unclog small-time drug cases pending in courts, which he said, burdens the country's criminal justice system.   "The unparalleled number of small-time drug cases pending in courts causes burden to the country's criminal justice system as regards to c...

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