A pedicab driver was sentenced yesterday to life imprisonment for the sale of 12 sticks of marijuana for P220 to a policeman at a junkshop in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City, on March 17, 2010.
Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 52 Judge Raymond Joseph Javier sentenced Elizalde “Zaldy” Jagdon to life imprisonment and to pay a fine of P500,000 for violation of Section 5 Article II of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for the sale of 12 marijuana cigarettes weighing 3.53 grams.
Javier also found him guilty for possession of 45 marijuana cigarettes weighing 13.06 grams and sentenced him to an indeterminate penalty of 12 years and 8 months as minimum to 17 years and 8 months as maximum and to pay a fine of P300,000.
The judge ordered the turnover of the seized drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for destruction, and the transfer of Jagdon from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod, to the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.
Jagdon pleaded not guilty and claimed he was framed.
But the judge said he failed to taint the testimonies of the police as motivated by any ill motive or revenge.
“The defense of frame-up, like alibi, has been held as a shop-worn defense of accused in drug-related cases, the allegation being easily concocted or contrived,” he said, pointing out that the accused failed to present any witness to corroborate his denial.*CPG
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