HK$1 million bail granted to Rep. Singson on drug charges
A Hong Kong judge granted Ilocos Sur Rep. Ronald Singson to post a HK$1million bail petition.
The HK$1million will be paid as surety bond and will come from 2 Hong Kong businessmen, Derrick Wong and Anne Shie, who will take custody of him.
The court has also ordered Singson to surrender his travel documents to the the authorities within six days to ensure he’s not leaving HK throughout the course of the trial.
Singson was arrested in July 11 for drug possession at the Chek Lap Kok International Airport and was then charged with trafficking of dangerous drugs pursuant to the Hong Kong Dangerous Drug Ordinance at the the Tsuen Wan Magistracy’s Courts. Singson was charged of carrying 26.1 grams of cocaine and two tables of Valium.
Hong Kong authorities later revealed that the 26.1 grams of cocaine included the bottle’s weight and that its actual weight without the container is 6.7 grams.
Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson who attended the hearing, said that his son will later ask the court to downgrade the charge to illegal possession of drugs from drug trafficking.
Younger Singson had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Under Hong Kong laws, Singson could be sentenced a maximum of seven years imprisonment and a maximum fine of HK$1million if found guilty of drug possession.
Drug trafficking on the other hand carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a maximum fine of HK$5million.
Besides Chavit, Lovie Poe and Marikina Rep. Romero Federico Quimbo, also attended Rep. Ronald Singson’s hearing. Quimbo will submit a report to the House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte about the case.