Ronald Singson resigns from House of Representatives

Ilocos Sur Rep. Ronald Singson has resigned from the House a few days after he was convicted of drug trafficking in Hong Kong, reports Inquirer.net. His father, Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson, handed his resignation letter to House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. yesterday.

The younger Singson said he resigned to fulfill a promise to his father, and not because he succumbed to "the pressure of the noisy few among (his) honorable colleagues" who have called for his expulsion. He recognized the "noble character and purpose" of the House members who prayed and waited for the final decision on his drug case.

Inquirer.net quoted him: "This unfortunate episode, a product of misjudgment and naiveté on my part, reminds (me) of the maxim: A friend in need is a friend indeed. For it is in uncertain times like these that the true worth of friends is measured, not at the peak of power, influence or wealth."

Singson also said he was quitting "for the sake of (his) countrymen, the Filipino people, especially (his) constituents in the first district of Ilocos Sur, who look up to the members of Congress with respect bordering on adulation, and with undying hope for truly honorable legislators as exemplars of the highest standards of behavior."

He has started serving his 18-month sentence at the Lai Chi Kok Correctional Institution in Hong Kong, according to Inquirer.net.

Meanwhile, his father insisted that Ronald only pleaded guilty to get a lighter sentence, reports Inquirer.net. The governor maintained that his son was framed but he refused to identify the supposed perpetrators.

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