Aug 19, 2010

Ronald Singson Post Bail at HK$1M

Ilocos Sur Rep. Ronald Singson has been allowed to post bail of HK$1 million (approximately P5.7 million) after being arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport last month for drug possession. A Hong Kong judge granted Thursday Singson's bail petition after his arrest for allegedly bringing cocaine to the former Crown Colony last July 11.

A report by ABS-CBN correspondent Henry Omaga Diaz said the HK$1 million will be paid as a surety bond by two Hong Kong businessmen who will take custody of Singson. He identified the 2 businessmen as a certain Annie Shie and Derrick Wong.

He said Ms. Shie was an acquaintance of Singson's father, former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson, who was present at the hearing on Thursday.

The court also ordered Singson to submit all his travel papers to ensure that he would not leave the territory until a final sentence is handed down.

Singson's arraignment has been reset to September 7. Singson's father, Luis, and rumored girlfriend, Lovi Poe, attended the hearing in Hong Kong Thursday morning.

Singson is facing drug trafficking charges in Hong Kong for carrying 6.7 grams of cocaine in his bag last July 11.

Earlier reports said Singson was carrying as much as 26.1 grams of cocaine and 2 tablets of Valium in his bag. Singson's father, however, said the amount was reduced after authorities "deducted the weight of the bottle containing the drugs."

Under Hong Kong law, Singson could be sentenced to 3-and-a-half years in jail if found guilty of drug possession. source:abs-cbn news


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