DOJ prosecutors on-call amid COVID-19
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 15 (PIA) – Although the Department of Justice (DOJ) is observing the national order for community quaratine due to coronavirus deisease 2019 (COVID-19), Regional State Prosecutor Merlynn B. Uy said all prosecutors are on-call basis.
In a virtual press conference held by the Regional Task Force for COVID-19, Prosecutor Uy said they are always mindful about their function to investigate cases that are being prepared to be filed in courts.
“Anytime when needed, the prosecutors will attend inquest proceeding and other related court procedures,” she added.
Prevalent in the present situation are cases against illegal drugs, illegal gambling, hoarding essential goods and profiteering, Uy disclosed.
Uy admitted that presently, DOJ is being confronted with the issues on handling or disposal of the items confiscated due to hoarding and/or profiteering. However, she explained that even “these concerns have legal procedures to be followed to ensure that their keeping, disposal and/or utilization does not also violate any law intended for the purpose.” (Rumarheveson D. Bacal/PIA10)