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3 get life term for shabu; task force scores

A Parañaque City judge sentenced to life imprisonment three persons, two of them Chinese nationals, who were arrested during a police raid at their rented apartment in the city six years ago.

Judge Danilo Suarez of Parañaque City Regional Trial Court Branch 259 found the accused—Lam Chee Tat and Samuel Chan —guilty of  possession of 200 grams of methampetamine hydro-chloride (shabu).

Apart from the jail term, the foreigners and their Filipino cohort Roseriza Maureen Nicholas were also ordered to pay a fine of P5 million.

Court records showed that  the three were arrested by members   of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force under the supervision of Sr. Supt. Antonio Gardiola on Oct. 14, 2009.

Gardiola said the recent conviction of the accused serves as morale booster for his team. “The accused particularly the Chinese nationals belong to a well-organized, high-value foreign national illegal drug group operating in the country and one of their modus is to marry Filipinas to cover up their illegal drug trade,” he said.

In a 21-page decision, Judge Suarez ruled that “the prosecution has established its evidence against the accused with moral certainty, proven the existence of elements of the offense charged and that the corpus delicti was properly established and preserved.”              

Gardiola said that the three accused were arrested inside their rented apartment at 504-B Cernan Street, Moonwalk Village on the strength of  a search warrant issued by Judge Aida Estrella Macapagal.

“This is another triumph for our men and women as well as the community and this is another victory against the drug menace as more convictions of big-time drug lords are expected,” he said.

Gardiola urged the community to be active and support the PNP with its war on drugs and likewise encouraged his men to be inspired by the conviction and strive more to deliver high-value, high-impact operations against illegal drugs and to make a dent  on  the overall drug problem in the country.

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