Court metes out life imprisonment on drug pusher

October 22, 2012 10:00 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Oct. 22 –- A court has sentenced a drug pusher Monday to two prison terms after he was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt for selling and possessing shabu.

The prison terms include a maximum of 14 years for possession of prohibited drugs penalized in Section 11 of RA 9165 and the other, life imprisonment for violation of Section 5 or selling which resulted in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Looc in this city.

Presiding Judge Rosendo Bandal, Jr. of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 34 meted the stiff prison terms to Roberto Tapales Bolongan, Jr., a gate keeper of a private arrastre and stevedoring company at the port of Dumaguete.

Bandal also slapped Bolongan a total of P900,000 in fines for possession and selling of the prohibited drugs locally known as shabu.

Bolongan was arrested on March 15, 2001 for selling shabu to a poseur-buyer identified later as Bataan Coliflores, an intelligence officer of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency assigned in Dumaguete.

According to Bandal, the denial of the accused cannot prevail over the positive and credible assertions of the law enforcers. (PNA)



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