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2 mothers sentenced
to life for selling drugs

Two mothers found guilty for the sale of drugs were sentenced to life imprisonment, while a third one was meted a 17-year termin Bacolod City yesterday.

Meted life terms were Ma. Cristina Chiquito Cepeda and Raquel Young, while Jocelyn Alvarez Magbanua faces 17 years and 8 months imprisonment.

Executive Judge Raymond Joseph Javier of Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 52 sentenced Cepeda, 44, to life imprisonment and to pay a fine of P500,000 for the sale of drugs, in violation of Section 5, Article 11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

She was also found guilty of possession of drugs and sentenced to suffer a prison term of 12 years and 8 months as minimum and 17 years and 8 months as maximum, and to pay a fine of P400,000.

In the case for possession of drug paraphernalia, Cepeda was sentenced to six months and one day to 2 years and seven months imprisonment and to pay P10,000.

Javier also ordered Cepeda's immediate transfer from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Women's Dormitory in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City, to the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City.

Cepeda, a mother of five, was charged for selling .05 gram shabu to a police poseur buyer for P400 at Leroville Subdivision in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod, on May 4, 2014. She was also charged for possession of .85 gram of shabu and drug paraphernalia.

Judge Therese Blanche Bolunia, of the Bacolod RTC Branch 47, yesterday also sentenced Raquel Figueroa Young to life and to pay a fine of P500,000for the sale of drugs.

Young told ABS-CBN she accepted her sentence, and God has a purpose.

On the other hand, Bolunia dismissed the drug charges against Alma Diaz and set her free.

Meanwhile, Javier sentenced Jocelyn Alvarez Magbanua, 57, who was nabbed with 1.802 grams of shabu at the Talisay Police Station on Feb. 9, 2014, to 12 years and 8 months to 17 years and 8 months imprisonment for possession of dangerous drugs.

Magbanuawas also ordered to pay a fine of P300,000 and to be immediately transferred to the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City.

Magbanua, who wept on hearing her sentence, insisted that no illegal drugs were recovered from her.

But Javier found Glenn Tubongbanua of Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod, not guilty of charges for the sale of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia and ordered his release from jail.*CPG



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