Recounted in a PhilStar report...
Singson was apprehended last July 11 at the customs arrival hall of the Hong Kong International Airport for trafficking in 14.8 grams of powder containing 6.67 grams of cocaine, and 2 tablets of nitrazepam.
Two plastic bags of 1.51 grams of powder containing 0.65 grams of cocaine, and two tablets of nitrazepam were found in his checkbook. Another plastic bag containing traces of cocaine was found in his wallet.
After body search, a plastic bag of 12.26 grams of powder with 5.58 grams of cocaine; a glass bottle with 1.02 grams of powder containing 0.44 grams of cocaine; and a plastic spoon containing 0.01 grams of powder containing cocaine were found in Singson’s underpants.
In its summary of facts, the prosecutor said the cocaine seized from Singson had a retail value of approximately HK$ 15,791.60 or P89,634.28.
The point is, the process was quick. The way things are sprinting along in über-efficient Hong Kong, Singson will be behind bars there way before any sort of resolution will be seen on the question of his continued membership in the Philippines' House of Representatives.
Since day one of the controversy, the House leadership has hemmed and hawed about what to do with the Singson case. Granted that legislative courtesy would require that the leadership should give him the benefit of the doubt, still the ethics committee should at least have initiated an inquiry into the matter in order to disabuse the public of the suspicion that the chamber has been protecting one of its own.
Singson leaves an Ilocos Sur dynasty that counts his daddy, Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson, and a brother Vigan City Vice Mayor Ryan Singson pining for his troubles to "end soon". Unfortunately for the Singsons, the power to make things "go away" with the wave of a hand does not extend to the Hong Kong criminal justice system.