11 July 2011

A Year After

Ronald Singson, 42, congressman of the First District of Ilocos Sur, was found to have with him 6.7 grams of cocaine* and two tablets of diazepam** at the Customs Arrival Hall of Chek Lap Kok International Airport this day and month last year.

His father, Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson of Ilocos Sur, insisted, though, that his son is not a drug user. "He uses pills. He's been hospitalized several times. When he has attacks he can't sleep, that's why he had 2 pills [of Valium]. Those pills were issued by his doctor. That's the only thing he uses."

The old Singson also claimed that his son was only framed by political enemies and business competitors.

His fellow lawmakers were less forgiving, however. Rep. Milagros Magsaysay of Zambales implied that ‘[Congressman Singson] should do the honorable thing of stepping down,’ which, Rep. Toby Tiangco of Navotas deemed as a sign of delicadeza (sense of propriety).

The current chairman of the house committee on justice, Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. of Iloilo, on the other hand, quoted the Constitution, which empowers the Lower House ‘to discipline its member.’

"Madadamay ang reputasyon ng Kamara. Masisira ang image ng House. It will not be a popular decision if this is just let go without doing anything. The institution will suffer," Former Muntinlupa congressman Ruffy Biazon said.

But the ‘case isn't finished yet,’ Gov. Singson countered. “Tapusin ang kaso saka tanggalin kung gusto nila [congressmen]". His son will just plead guilty to the charge of drug trafficking as a “legal strategy” their family lawyer, John Reading, thought of.

Ronald Singson is a concert promoter, and the owner of Channel V, a cable music station. He is the boyfriend Lovi Poe, an entertainment personality.

He spent his childhood in their province, but moved to Hillside Loop, Blueridge, Quezon City when he studied in the Ateneo de Manila University. He took Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Management at the De La Salle University in college.

He was referred to as “the little governor” of Ilocos Sur, keeping in mind his family’s mantra: to prevail in favor to what is moral even if this would mean bargaining their security at stake.

Before being senator, Ronald Singson headed the Satrap Construction Co. Inc., and managed the Superb Security and Investigation. He realized, though, that he could help more if he would not restrict himself ‘into the call of establishing competitive entrepreneurships.’ He served the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in Ilocos Sur for six years before running for the 2007 elections as representative in the first district of Ilocos Sur.

During the first year and seven months of his term, he focused on information revolution through upgraded technology, cyber education, e-commerce, water irrigation, agricultural, food security, and peace and order. He is the chairman of the Sub Committee on Oversight, and the vice chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Highways. Singson is also a member of the committees on appropriations, natural resources, national defense and security, ways and means, economic affairs, games and amusement, agriculture and food, and on aqua-culture and fisheries.

Click this link to see the bills and resolutions Ronald Singson passed

But then, it is simply wrong for human beings to harm themselves. It is also highly unjustifiable to compromise the country’s reputation and security. Just what could non-government Filipinos do that Ronald Singson could not given the resources he has? Our airport officials should look into this.

Last February 24, Ronald Singson was sentenced to imprisonment for one year and six months. His sentence was handed down by Judge Joseph Yau of the Wanchai District Court who himself did not believe that the congressman planned to sell the drugs.

He would be serving two years and four months in prison had he not pleaded guilty. Singson’s good behavior while in Hong Kong, his 40-day custody, and philanthropic efforts for his constituents lighten the sentence.

House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte ordered for his removal from the list of congressmen. He also asked the house committee on suffrage to form a resolution that would enable a special election in the former congressman’s district.

"Meron nagplano iyong pagkahuli niya, so it's either kung hindi politics, sa negosyo....Lumalabas na biktima siya." ~Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson

*figure according to the Hong Kong authorities; earlier reported to be 26.1 grams
**a depressant used mainly for treating anxiety


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