A former barangay captain in Misamis Oriental was convicted for possession of dangerous drugs, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Thursday, January 16.
Judge Arthur L. Abundiente of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 25 of Cagayan de Oro City found Honiforte Ladaran Redondo Jr. guilty for violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002”.
PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino hailed the court’s decision, which sentenced Redondo, former barangay captain of Barangay Banglay, Poblacion in Lagonglong town, to suffer the penalty of life imprisonment and pay a fine of P400,000.
To recall, PDEA said the same sentence was meted out to brothers Atty. Michael Roa and his brother Porferio Roa Jr., both sons of a former Board Member of Misamis Oriental and brothers to then Mayor of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, in a decision penned by Judge Gil Bollozos of the RTC Branch 21, Cagayan de Oro in July last year for the same offense, and their nephew John Rey Roa, for violation of Section 15 (Use of Dangerous Drugs). John Rey underwent a six-month rehabilitation in a government rehabilitation facility being a first time offender.
“The unwavering dedication and commitment of the judges for truth and justice, and the prosecutors and PDEA agents as witnesses played a crucial role in presenting air-tight evidence against the suspects in favor of the government. To see drug offenders, especially high-profile drug personalities, punished with the full force of the law is itself a victory,” Aquino said