Two cousins were sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for the sale of P300 worth of shabu to a police poseur-buyer in Bacolod City six years ago.
Regional Trial Court Branch 52 Judge, Raymond Joseph Javier, sentenced Tomas Jarita Balandra and Quirino Jarita Barber to life imprisonment and to pay fines of P500,000 each, after they were found guilty beyond reasonable doubt for conspiracy in the sale of drugs in violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
On Nov. 27, 2012 the cousins sold .027 gram of shabu for P300 to police poseur-buyer P02 Alexander Bata-anon Jr. at Purok Sigay, Barangay 2, Bacolod, information filed in courtsaid.
The cousins were also found guilty of possession of .102 gram of shabu and sentenced to suffer an indeterminate prison term of 12 years and 8 months as minimum to 17 years and 8 months as maximum and to each pay fines of P300,000 each.
The judge ordered the warden of the Metro Bacolod City Jail in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, to immediately transfer Balandra and Barber to the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City for the service of their sentence.
Javier, in two other decisions, dismissed charges for the sale and possession of drugs against Lazaro Pamintuan Caceres and Felipe CordovaAlegayda, for failure of the plaintiffs to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
Caseres was apprehended on Feb. 3, 2015 for the alleged sale .121 gram of shabu to a police poseur buyer for P200 at Barangay Singcang-Airport Bacolod, and for possession of .293 gram.
Alegayda was apprehended on July 29, 2014 for the alleged sale .018 gram of shabu for P400 to a police poseur-buyer at Purok 4, Magsungay in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod, on July 29,2014, and for possession of .431 gram more.
Javier dismissed the cases against the two for failure of the plaintiffs to prove that the illegal substance presented in court was the same as that which was confiscated from them.
He also ordered the warden of the Metro Bacolod City District Jail to free Alegayda and Caceres unless detained for some other lawful cause.*
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