We can be fairly sure that such worthy public servants as Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc-Joc” Bolante (accused of diverting P270 million in fertilizer funds to the Arroyo campaign in 2004), Bejamin Abalos (accused, among many other matters, of attempting to profit by $130 million from the NBN ZTE scandal), Maj. Gen. Carlos F. Garcia (whose son was apprehended at the San Francisco airport trying to smuggle $100,000 in undeclared cash in the States) will not be troubling the guards at a Philippine jail any time soon.
However, lest it be accused of inactivity, last Thursday the Philippine judicial system demonstrated its determination to protect us from the truly evil elements in society. It is scum like this, not Messrs. Bolante, Abalos, and Garcia, who are really responsible for the current mess the country finds itself in.
BACOLOD CITY – For selling five sticks of marijuana to undercover policemen, an amputee was sentenced to life imprisonment Thursday by a regional trial court in Bacolod.
Bacolod Regional Trial Court Judge Edgardo Garvilles sentenced David Nobal Carmona, alias Kamlot, to life imprisonment and fined him P500,000 for the sale of five marijuana sticks, and to serve another 12 to 14 years in prison for possession of five other sticks. He was also fined an additional P300,000.
Carmona, 44, was also ordered to be immediately committed to the national penitentiary. Police told the court they conducted a buy bust operation in October 2003 and caught Carmona.
Carmona, who lost an arm and a leg to amputation when he was 16 years old, pleaded not guilty and claimed police planted the evidence against him.
But the court said his denial was a “weak form of defense.”