Cavite Provincial Jail taps HLAF Jail Decongestion program for a lecture on plea bargaining framework in drugs cases


Twenty-six Paralegal Aide of Cavite Provincial Jail Male Dorm participated at the discussion of the Salient Features of A.M. No. 18-03-16-SC or the Adoption of the Plea Bargaining Framework in Drugs Cases dated last April 10, 2018 through the DOJ Guidelines - Department Circular Reconciliation Dept. Circular 027 regarding the Amended Guidelines on Plea Bargaining for RA 9165 Otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 dated last June 26, 2018. The topics were discussed by the Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. (HLAF) Jail Decongestion program and HLAF’s law interns at Cavite Provincial Jail last July 5, 2018.

Cavite City Jail invited HLAF to discuss as well such as the implications in Probation Order, and Good Conduct Time Allowance grants classificatory questions after plea bargaining with other further records references. The training also served as a follow-up from HLAF’s Paralegal Training last 2017 that resulted the release of two persons deprived of liberty.

During the training, the introduction of the purpose of the training was conducted by HLAF’r Paralegal Officers, Mr. Juanito Vinluan and Mr. Melvin Caymo. It was highlighted that the discussion will be on guidelines of both the Supreme Court and Department of Justice. The first discussion was initiated by Jermae delos Santos tackling Jurisprudence (Estipona v. Judge Lobrigo), RA 9165, Drug Dependency Test Requisite and the discussion of Plea Bargaining Framework (Sec. 5 until Sec. 11). It was then followed by Alexa Dabao discussing Plea Bargaining Framework (Sec. 12 until Sec. 14). It also served as an opportunity for the PDLs to ask questions regarding the training.