Chavit Singson says his son Ronald is not a drug user, asks HOR not to expel him

Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson insisted today on Umagang Kay Ganda that his son, Ilocos Sur Rep. Ronald Singson, is not a drug user, reports ABS-CBNNews.com. The younger Singson is currently out on bail in Hong Kong, after he was arrested on July 11 for drug trafficking.

The governor admitted that his son uses doctor-prescribed pills because he suffers from a sleeping disorder. Singson appealed to the House of Representatives (HOR) not to expel his son. He told Umagang Kay Ganda, "He uses pills. He’s been hospitalized several times. When he has attacks he can’t sleep, that’s why he had 2 pills. Those pills were issued by his doctor. That’s the only thing he uses." Asked on the show if Ronald is a drug user, he said: "He is not. Ronald is not."

He said, "’Wag niyo na dagdagan ang problema dahil biktima lang ang anak ko. Kung pusher o trafficker ang anak ko, ’wag na po silang lalayo. Ako na ang papatay. Dapat patayin ang mga pusher o drug trafficker na ’yan." (Please do not add to my son’s problems. He is a victim. If he were a pusher, I will personally end him. All drug pushers should be killed.) He asked the HOR to wait for the Hong Kong court’s ruling and insisted that his son was framed.  

In August, Ronald Singson pleaded guilty to possession of illegal drugs. This was only a legal strategy, his father told Umagang Kay Ganda today, for him to avoid going back to prison before the New Year.

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