If convicted, Ronald Singson may be fined P29.7 million, face life imprisonment
Ilocos Sur First District Rep. Ronald Singson, son of Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson, could be fined up to HK$5,000,000 (P29.7 million) and sentenced to life imprisonment should he be proven guilty of drug trafficking, reports ABS-CBNNews.com.
The 41-year-old congressman was caught with 26.1 grams of cocaine and two tablets of Valium on July 11 at the Chek Lap Kok International Airport in Hong Kong. Under the Hong Kong law, carrying 10 to 50 grams of illegal substances is punishable with a minimum penalty of HK$500,000 (P2.9 million) and imprisonment of three to eight years, if the suspect pleads guilty. However, if Ronald pleads innocent but is convicted of drug trafficking, he could be fined a maximum of HK$5,000,000 (P29.7 million) and sentenced from three years to life imprisonment.
"The charge sheet recommended no bail and no option for deportation for the Ilocos Sur congressman," reports ABS-CBNNews.com.
GMANews.tv reports that Ronald declined assistance from officials of the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong. A private counsel represents Ronald. The congressman first appeared in court on July 22 and his next hearing is on August 19.