BACOLOD CITY, Philippines—A Bacolod Regional Trial Court judge on Tuesday sentenced a pedicab driver to 40 years imprisonment for the sale of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) to an undercover police officer almost seven years ago.
RTC Bacolod Judge Edgar Garvilles found Ferdinand Mabaskog Tutop guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating Republic Act 9165 for selling shabu.
Aside from imposing 40 years in prison on Tutop, the judge also directed him to pay a fine of P500,000.
Garvilles also ordered Tutop's immediate commitment to the national penitentiary.
Tutop was arrested after he sold four heat-sealed plastic bags containing shabu weighing .59 gram in exchange for two fake P1,000 bills to PO2 Ramil Ramos Dellomes, who was posing as a buyer, in Barangay (village) 3, Bacolod City on Sept. 18, 2003.
Dellomes testified that he was assigned to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency headed by Inspector Joemarie Occeño when he did the buy-bust on Tutop.
At about 4 p.m. on September 18, 2003, Occeño received a report from an asset that Tutop was selling shabu in Barangay 3 so he ordered a buy bust operation.
Evidence clearly showed that he (Tutop) was entrapped through a buy-bust operation. His denial cannot prevail over the positive testimony of the police officer who had no reason or ill motive to testify falsely against him, Garvilles said.
The judge ordered the seized shabu to be turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for immediate destruction
Philippine Daily Inquirer
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