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ARMM eyes special courts for terrorism, drug cases

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The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is eyeing special courts in the region to handle terrorism and drug-related cases.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said regional local government secretary, lawyer Kirby Abdullah, will initiate the negotiation with Supreme Court.

Establishing such courts was a recommendation by Abdullah during a regional peace-and-order council meeting, which the council members approved immediately.

For their part, the regional police and military supported the call to the Supreme Court to set up such special courts.

Chief Superintendent Graciano Mijares of the ARMM Police Regional Office said he is in favor of setting up these special courts.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-ARMM head Juvenal Azurin also supported setting up special courts in the region to handle big drug cases.

“We need them to lead the prosecution of Islamic State-inspired militants implicated in crimes and drug lords arrested for large-scale trafficking of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu),” added Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. of the Western Mindanao Command.