Friday, February 25, 2011

Philippine solon gets 18 months for drug offences in Hong Kong


Philippine congressman Ronald V. Singson was sentenced one year and six months jail term by a court in Hong Kong where illegal substance was seized from him on July last year at the Chek Lap Kok airport, GMA News said.
The 42-year-old representative of Ilocos Sur, northern Philippines, earlier pleaded guilty for possessing 6.67 grams of cocaine and 2 tablets of Valium.
Hong Kong’s Wanchai District Court Judge Joseph Yau said the lawmaker received a lighter sentence because of pleading guilty on his case. In the Chinese territory, the punishment for drug trafficking is 30 months.
In a telephone interview by dzMM, Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit" Singson, father of the convicted solon, thanked the public for praying for his son during the trial.
"I hope we all learned a lesson from this," Gov. Singson said.
Reported earlier, members of the Congress were earlier musing whether or not to kick the substance dependent legislator out.
Details of this story here.
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