Courts convict Cotabato inmate, woman for shabu

27 May 2016

The Kidapawan City Regional Trial Court sentenced a North Cotabato District Jail detainee to 12 years and one day to 20 years imprisonment for smuggling 14 small sachets of shabu inside the jail upon his return from a court hearing.

In a nine-page decision, the court found him guilty for Violation of Sec. 11 Article II of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act).

Aside from the penalty of imprisonment, he was ordered to pay a fine of P400,000, and was "disqualified to exercise his civil rights such as the rights to parental authority and political rights such as the right to vote and be voted for."

The Information was filed by the Kidapawan City Prosecutor's Office.

Meanwhile, the Lemery, Batangas RTC sentenced a woman to imprisonment of four years and nine months of prision correctional as minimum to eight years of prision mayor as maximum for Violation of Art. VI, Section 10 (a) of RA No. 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act).

Information filed by the Batangas Provincial Prosecutor's Office alleged that she compelled a minor to use shabu.

Justice Secretary Emmanuel L. Caparas lauded the prosecutors who successfully handled the cases. "I acknowledge the efforts of our prosecutors in upholding the Rule of Law. This demonstrates our firm resolve to render justice to all," Secretary Caparas said.

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