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OSG submits ‘Tokhang’ documents to SC

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The Office of Solicitor General has submitted before the Supreme Court documents related to two consolidated petitions seeking to stop the government’s anti-illegal drug operations.

However, the compliance was partial as the OSG formally asked the SC for two more months to submit other records enumerated in the high court’s order.

“The respondents respectfully request an extension of 60 days from April 26, 2018 or until June 25, 2018 to submit other documents required by this Honorable Court,” read the 12-page compliance.

Also in their compliance, the OSG has already submitted 29 cases of actual deaths and injuries during police operations, and 35 summary of administrative cases of anti-illegal drugs operations.

During the three-day oral arguments in December last year, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa pressed for the list of documents they earlier requested from the Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Carpio required Calida to submit to the SC a detailed report on the 3,806 deaths attributed to anti-drug operations carried out by the police from July 1, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2017.

The high court also asked the top government counsel to submit the records of all buy-bust operations conducted in San Andres Bukid, Manila, which is the subject of one of the two petitions, the pre-operations plan and post operations plan.

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