MANILA — Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Monday said that the drugs users and pushers who have surrendered are not yet sure whether they are off the hook already.
Aguirre added that they will still have to be investigated.
The DOJ Secretary made the statement in wake of successive surrender of confessed users of illegal drugs.
According to Aguirre, those who are surrendering still have to be investigated so that they can pinpoint who are their colleagues and to make sure that they will not anymore return to their bad habit.
Under the law, Aguirre said, the surrender, especially involving drug pushers, does not necessarily mean that they are not anymore liable.
Under Section 15 of Republic Act No. 9165, or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”, an individual who is arrested and proven to be positive of illegal drugs use will have to undergo a six-month rehabilitation in a government center, but this is for the first offense only.
For the second offense, the drug user will be penalized with an imprisonment of up to 12 years and a fine of up to PHP200,000. Perfecto Raymundo/PNA/northboundasia.com