Saturday, February 19, 2011

Philippine legislator's drug trafficking verdict set next week in Hong Kong

In a news flash from DZMM, Henry Omaga Diaz reported live from Hong Kong that Rep. Ronald V. Singson is considered a convict in the Chinese territory even though no sentence has yet been made.
The 42-year-old legislator from Ilocos Sur, northern Philippines, was charged of drug trafficking when he pleaded guilty of possessing 6.67 grams of cocaine (US$2,000 value) and other narcotic agents caught by Hong Kong airport authorities July last year.
According to the report, the courts did not finish today hearing the case of the heavy cocaine user.
The son of the powerful Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson will face the courts again on Wednesday or Thursday next week for the final verdict.
According to the Canadian Press, carrying illegal substances in the Chinese territory is considered as drug trafficking for whatever the purpose. Life sentence and HK$5 million (US$640,000) is the maximum sentence.
Meanwhile, the radio report continued that the Beijing judge of the Supreme People's Court whom Vice President Jejomar Binay will meet to appeal for the cases of the three Filipinos convicted for drug offences does not have the power to overturn the verdict. The three will be executed by lethal injection on Monday.
The cash-strapped parents of one of the three convicts facing the death row are set to fly to the communist country on Saturday bringing with them her favorite snack called chicharon (fried pork crackling) as birthday gift. She will be celebrating her birthday on 25 February.

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