Five Bacolod residents facing illegal drug charges were sentenced to life imprisonment on National Judgment Day, today, November 20.
Executive Judge Raymond Joseph Javier of Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 52 meted life terms on Randy Trinidad Hamantoc, alias “Bull Jack”, and his wife, Ma. Rogelina Guarino Hamantoc, alias “Duckin”; Mitchell John Alim Sindol and Raymund Justo Alunan; and Jan Gania Marañon.
The Hamantocs were found guilty of possession of 113.0222 grams of shabu inside their residence at Gold Crest Subdivision, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City, on Sept. 3, 2019, and were sentenced to each suffer the penalty of life imprisonment and to pay a fine of P2 million.
Sindol and Alunan were found guilty for the sale of .086 gram of shabu to a police poseur-buyer for P300 at a bar at Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, on Aug. 18, 2019, and sentenced to life terms and to each pay a fine of P500,000.
Sindol was also found guilty of possessing an additional .533 gram of shabu and Alunan for possession of .430 gram of shabu, and were each sentenced to suffer prison terms of 12 years and 8 months as minimum, to 17 years and 8 months maximum, and to pay fines of P300,000.
Sindol was also sentenced to suffer a prison term of 6 months and 1 day as minimum to 2 years and 7 months as maximum and to pay a fine of P10,000 for possession of dangerous drugs paraphernalia.
Marañon was found guilty for the sale of .4193 gram of shabu to a police poseur buyer at Purok Site, Barangay Vista Alegre, Bacolod, on June 8, 2019, and sentenced to life imprisonment and to pay a fine of P500,000.
He was also found guilty for possession of .4143 gram of shabu and sentence to suffer a prison term of 12 years and 8 months as minimum, to 17 years and 8 months maximum, and to pay a fine of P300,000.
Marañon was also sentenced to suffer a prison term of 6 months and 1 day as minimum to 2 years and 7 months as maximum and to pay a fine of P10,000 for possession of dangerous drugs paraphernalia.
The defense of frame-up by the accused must bow down to the candid and positive testimony of government witnesses, the judge said.
The judge ordered the transfer of Randy Hamantoc, Sindol, Alunan, and Marañon to the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, and the transfer of Rogelina Hamantoc to the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City.
He also ordered the turnover of the seized drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6 for destruction.*