Hike in bouncing check, estafa cases in Baguio noted

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The City Prosecutor’s Office reported that violation of Batas Pambansa (BP) Bilang 22 otherwise known as the Anti-Bouncing Check Law and estafa remain to be the top cases being filed by complainants in the city during the first quarter of the year.

Assistant City Prosecutor Conrado Catral disclosed that during the first quarter of the year, some 87 cases of violation of the Anti-Bouncing Check Law had already been resolved by their office and subsequently filed in court while there were also some 84 estafa cases also filed by the said office before the various courts in the city having jurisdiction over such cases.

He added that the third most committed cases in the city is theft ranging from the theft of cellphones and theft in supermarkets and department stores.

Further, there were some 17 cases of violation of the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) 0262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act (VAWC) handed by the city prosecutor’s office during the first quarter of this year compared to the 21 similar cases handled by the same office during the same period last year.

Catral admitted there has been a resurgence of rape cases as of the first quarter of this year, with 12 cases handled by the said office compared to the 13 rape cases filed in the different courts by the said office during the same period last year.

According to him, 6 of the reported rape cases involved violation of the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

Moreover, he claimed that during the same period last year, there were 11 cases of violation of RA 7610 which were filed by the city prosecutor’s office in the various courts in the city.

He added that the other cases handled by the said office involve other index crimes, such as physical injuries, which were immediately resolved through the assigned prosecutors.

Catral stated that during the first quarter of the year, the city prosecutor’s office file only 2 cases of violation of the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Law, against arrested suspects during the conduct of anti-drug operations by combined law enforcers and anti-narcotics agents.

However, he stipulated that for April and May, there was a surge in the number of drug cases handled by the office with an average of 3 cases filed during the said period.

The city prosecutor revealed that these cases were the subject of inquest proceedings and preliminary investigations on the various cases filed by complainants either through inquest proceedings or through regular filing. By Dexter A. See

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