Ex-Misamis Oriental provincial board member gets life in prison for shabu possession
The Cagayan de Oro City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has convicted lawyer and former Misamis Oriental provincial board member Michael Roa, as well as his brother and his nephew, in connection with illegal drug charges.
In a recent 17-page decision, Branch 21 Judge Gil Bollozos found Michael and his brother Porferio Roa, Jr., guilty of possession of dangerous drugs under Section11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
The siblings were sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of P400,000 each.
Meanwhile, Michael’s nephew John Rey Roa was found guilty of use of dangerous drugs under Section 15 of the same law. As a first-time offender, he was ordered to undergo rehabilitation for six months.
The court said the arrest warrant against John Rey’s live-in partner Justine Mae Pundavela, who absconded, stands.
Michael, in particular, was known for handling illegal drug-related cases. His sister Marietta Roa-Abogado was the former mayor of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental.
The Roas were arrested by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Northern Mindanao agents in a raid at their ancestral house in Barangay 5, Balingasag municipality on November 10, 2016.
Agents seized seven sachets of shabu (crystal meth) totaling 32.7791 grams from Michael, and four packs of shabu totaling 24.8824 grams from Porferio, Jr.
The court said the PDEA agents properly observed the chain of custody requirement under the anti-drug law, noting that a media representative and a barangay official were present during the physical inventory of the seized drugs at the site of the raid.
“Verily, evaluating the evidence of the prosecution, the Court finds all accused guilty beyond reasonable doubt,” read the decision.
Authorities claimed that the Roas have long been involved in the illegal drug trade.