Foreigners arrested by Singson face trial on drug raps



MANILA, Philippines—Four foreigners arrested by Ilocos Sur Gov.  Luis “Chavit” Singson at his house two weeks ago now face trial on drug charges in a Quezon City court.

Charged with use of dangerous drugs under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were Britons James Gates, 22, and Ross Barnaby McLeod, 18, and Australian Arthur Murray Nash, 19. Another British national, Jack McLeod, 19, is charged with possession of dangerous drugs.

The charges were filed by assistant city prosecutor Irene Resurrecion, who found probable cause to indict the respondents in court.

The foreigners were arrested on the morning of Jan. 13 by Singson himself at his house at Corinthian Gardens in Barangay Ugong Norte.

In a five-page resolution, Resurrecion said the foreigner’s defense would be best ventilated during the course of the trial.

“After all, preliminary investigation is only summary in nature. Suffice it to state that there is evidence on record against respondents as reflected in the laboratory test results submitted by the police officer,” the prosecutor said.

The governor claimed he smelled illegal drugs and upon searching the rooms, he found the foreigners and recovered  hashish from Jack, a plastic pack of rolling tobacco Club 69 American blend from Nash; 4 pieces of rolling paper from Ross and 11 pieces cigarette filter with one unconsumed cigarette from Gates.

Singson immediately called the police and turned the foreigners over to the Eastwood police station.

An initial laboratory report showed that the respondents tested positive for methamphetamine and THC metabolites, an indication of illegal drug intake.

In their counter-affidavit, the foreigners, assisted by lawyer Elizabeth Macaibay, vehemently denied the accusations and said no drug paraphernalia were seized from them except for some tobacco from Nash and a cigarette from Gates.

They claimed that they were inside the bedroom of one of Singson’s sons when they decided to go home that morning.

They met the governor on the stairs of the house and were frisked by the governor’s bodyguard before they were turned over to police.

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  • nakawan

    What absolute bullshit. This guy probably got them in for a deal and when the terms didn’t go his way, Singson decided to plant them with drugs and have them arrested.

    • 1GeorgeTolentino2


      barkada ng mga anak nya at matagal na nyang sinasabihan na huwag gumamit at baka madisgrasya ulit. kakalabas lang sa preso sa HK ng anak, kaya sa galit at tinuluyan. Not on speaking  terms ngayon ang mag-amang Singson. Most probably yung anak pa ni Chavit ang gumastos sa depensa ng 2 foreigner.

      • andy bonifacio

        I agree once an addict always an addict, kahit ikulong mo sampung taon sa hong kong

  • sacrebleau

    So when is Singson going to be prosecuted for murders of state auditors, among other murders? When is he going to be investigated for his unexplainable wealth; and for plunder of the tobacco excise tax?

    • sanjuan683

       Ilabas mo evidence mo puro ka daldal. Kumuha ka ng abogado dalian mo.

      • milespacker

        Bakit siya kukuha ng abogado e hindi naman civil suit ang plunder and murder?


    walang ama ang gusto mapahamak ang kanyang anak kahit gaano man siya kasama.

    dito ako saludo sa iyo chavit

  • Horst Manure

    Got the right Surname for a sting operation.

  • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    hashish, and some tobacco. hmmm.

    considering that 2 us states have now changed cannabis from dangerous drug into medicinal, this is quite weak.

    Were the foreigners  advised that drug testing cannot be taken from them unless they agreed to it?

    can you say ‘railroad’

  • Jun Go

    ano ito set-up??????

    si singson mang-aaresto???? di ba dapat siya ang inaaresto!!!!!  di hamak weteng lord ito!!

    at kung anu ano pang pagiging bad-lord nito!

    kumakampanya ba itong buntot ni pacquiao!

    pwede ba huwag nyo ng ipost ang mga ganito balita, sarswela at gimik lang ang mga ito para mapansin!

    hindi pinag-kakatiwalaan ang ganitong mga pulitikong hudlum.

    hulihin si singson!

  • PH2011

    Singson caught the foreigners in HIS

    but he didn’t caught his son.

    Better send them all to HK.

    They are more competent in dealing
    with drug users/pushers.


  • F alonso

    Addicts flock with the same feathers.

    There must be another addict in Singson’s house who invited these foreigners,they should all go behind the bars,not just the foreign visitors.

  • Fred

    Barkada ng anak na mga foreigners ay nagdo droga sa kuwarto, hinuli at sinampahan ng kaso?
    Eh yung anak, hinuli di ba? Yung anak ba ni Chavit ay babae?

  • Roberto Duran

    ow…payback time…gumanti lang to dahil nakulong anak nya sa HongKong…lol…funny dahil kabarkada ng anak nya…besides walang concrete evidence…he could have included his son and not just these kids…mainit yata ang ulo dahil di inimbita sa session :)

  • F alonso

    Lakay Chavit,dapat pa rehab mo sarili mong Anak.Dapat kasama rin siyang makulong para di halatang Sarzuela Ilocana lang to pinag gagawa mo.

  • axe musk

    Nasa loob pala ng bahay ni “SabiT Singson” eh…. ibig sabihin isa sa kapamilya nya ay kakilala/kaibigan ng mga foreigners na ito. Sabit Singson should likewise let ALL his family members including him to undergo drug tests to be fair at baka naman frame up lang ginawa nya para makabawi sa nangyari sa anak nya sa HK…..  


  • vaporub123

    hehehehe,pwede ito sa ” believe it or not ” common sense lang mr.singson.paano makapasok sa bahay nyo ang mga foreigners at mag droga kung hindi nila kasama ang anak nyo?

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Foreigners gullible “friends” are,

    in a poverty frustrated, xenophobic and racist country “system”,

    the perfect scapegoat’s to white wash Singson family Drug Lord reputation, isn’t it ?

  • KpTUL

    Seriously ? Si singson pa number 1 addict ! What is happening to this country !

  • Guest

    Whatever Chavit saw when he got home that day, he definitely did not like it. Whatever Chavit found out about his son in the company of 4 other men, he would rather keep secret and take it out on those foreigners. Chavit is a man of the underworld who does not shy away from narco trade. It would have been preposterous and out of character for Chavit to get upset over his son’s consumption of drugs. If only those 4 companions of his son were not foreigners from first world countries, they would have been slaughtered to pieces and fed to Chavit’s collection of big cats. And no one would have noticed their disappearance. Too bad for Chavit his cruelty and criminality is no match for Britain and Australia. We hope to see the day when Chavit will be no match for the long arm of our law.

    • Eric

      Siguro nagpanting lang tenga ni Gob. Nung bumaba sila ng hagdan napagkamalan siyang drayber at nautusan.

  • milespacker

    Cheap publicity stunt of a hoodlum. Siguro balak kumandidato kaya tine-testing ang tubig.

  • $2931613

    Kudos to you Governor Singson.  It only shows that you are a man of integrity and a good citizen..  You are right to throw these foreign trash where they belong.. in jail.. unlike our fellow kababayans who look up to all foreigners like mere foreign trash bloggers like Sarah Pope.  Ugh

    • milespacker

       Racist ang dating mo. Filipinos don’t want to be discriminated against kaya don’t be a racist.

    • $33680178

      the story is just too fantastic.  you have to learn to read between the lines.

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    simple lang ito ..pina-aresto nya yung ka-tropang durugustang ANAK NYA….

  • RomyLitz

    It is very clear according ot Joseph Estrada’s quotation “birds of a feather” are the same birds ! If all four foreigners were positive how come you and your son are free of these prohibted drugs? Whose friends are they? How long they’ve been with your son? So, I make a conlcusion now, you are committing harakiri..Good  luck..These four will implicate you under worst case scenario, since any defense lawyer worth his salt, will find this defense strategy tantalizing and perhaps the only brilliant move.

  • J

    Too good to be true. Naglabas ng news parang frame-up pa ang ginawa . Sa bahay niya mismo meron tumitira ng drugs at siya pa ang humuli. Sa reputasiyon ng taong ito kawawa naman itong mga banyaga.

  • RyanE

    These four foreigners should spill the beans on Chavit’s son. In all likelihood, it’s the son who invited his foreigner-friends to a drug session in his house.

  • DannyGane

    Gov. Singson was probably so upset in seeing one of his sons doing karudumaldumal thing with foreigners… Hehehe. Karma, karma lang… You will reap what you sow…

  • buttones

    Is this the same guy whose son was picked up on a drugs offence smuggling them into HK in his panties? And he said at the time “If my son is involved in drugs I will kill him?” It appears from the photo Mr Singson is blind- is he also a virtuoso on the keyboards as well? I think we have a right to know, although looking at today’s news, we maybe don’t….Has anybody noticed that if you speak to a person wearing sunglasses you don’t really understand what they are saying? I think it’s a ‘windows of the soul’ thingy…..

  • limcat

    kulang na kulang ang impormasyon ng balita! anong balita ito? obvious na meron pang tinatago  … can you explain to the public what the foreigners were doing in the gov.’s house in the 1st place? alam naman ng karamihan addict anak nya! eh di tumitira nananam at nahuli ni chavit, yun nabuntungan ng galit ang mga bisita LOL

  • Eric

    Gov! Bisita ba sila ng anak mo? E dapat pina drug test mo rin. Kelangan turuan yung mga anak ng leksyon diba? Kundi, lalaking walanghiya yan. Magiging babaero, magnenegosyo ng illegal o di kayay kurakot na politiko. Tapos magkakaanak na adik…..

  • uragonman

    one sided reporting

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