2 men, woman face raps for not segregating waste

Subscribe Now October 26, 2011 at 09:05am

THREE out of 119 cases filed against violators of Davao City’s waste segregation policy are now filed before a local court in the city.

Charges against Romeo Baidal, Angelisa Razo and Norberto Gonzales were filed before the sala of Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 7 Judge Rufino Ferraris Jr. Baidal and Razo were charged with violation of Davao City Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2009, while Gonzales was sued for violation of Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2009.

Restituto Madrazo, MTCC Branch 7 Clerk of Court, said the court would order the respondents to submit their counter affidavits.

"But before ordering them to submit their respective counter affidavits, we will first survey the area where they were caught for committing the violation," Madrazo told Sun.Star Davao in vernacular.

He said an arraignment would be scheduled after the three file their counter affidavits.

Madrazo said if the respondents would plead not guilty when arraigned, then a pre-trial will be set.

However, if they plead guilty, then they would be ordered to pay the fines.

Prosecutor Minerva Estremos, in her resolution dated October 14, found probable cause to charge the three.

The other 116 cases assigned to other prosecutors before the City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO) are set to be filed in court.

In a phone interview, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) chief Joseph Dominic Felizarta said another more than 300 cases are set to be filed before the CPO.

Meanwhile, a source, who requested anonymity, said Cenro files more than a hundred of cases a month that clog and delay the works of the prosecutors.

"Marami na naman i-file nila (Cenro), kawawa masyado mga prosecutors kasi tambak na naman mga case. Sana kung mag file sila weekly or daily, hindi yung once every three months," the source said.

Felizarta, on the other hand, said they are looking into ways for filing of several cases not to clog before the CPO.

He said he advised each barangay to immediately file the complaints before the Cenro to avoid clogging of cases.

"I have always told them (barangay) to file it earlier to avoid such problem para kami dito sa office ma-file namin agad sa CPO at least once a week," he said.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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