2 in 5 suspects in 2016 Close-Up concert drug deaths get life term

The Parañaque City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has sentenced to life imprisonment two of the five suspects accused of selling party drugs to five people who died of drug overdose during the CloseUp Forever Summer concert in a mall in Pasay City in 2016.

According to the 37-page decision dated March 9, but announced on Friday, March 10, Judge Danilo Suarez of Parañaque RTC Branch 259 found accused Marc David Deen and Seergeoh Villanueva “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” for violating Section 5 of Republic Act No. 9165 or the trade, administration, delivery and transportation of illegal drugs after they sold 10 capsules with at least five grams of ketamine and methamphetamine hydrochloride to a National Bureau of Investigation  agent in a condominium in Parañaque on May 31, 2016.

Deen and Villanueva besides life imprisonment is also ordered by court to pay PhP 5 million each.

In an earlier report, the NBI officials said one of the victims tested positive for  MDMA (methylene homolog and methylenedioxy cathinone), a type of ecstasy combined with other chemicals unfit for human consumption.

Meanwhile the three other suspects namely Valbuena, Halili, and Dimacali, were sentenced to at least 20 years imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of P500,000 each as a “single penalty” for multiple counts of violations of Section 11 of RA 9165 or possession of illegal drugs.

These include illegal possession of 72.9562 grams of cannabinol and ketamine; illegal possession of 67 grams of marijuana; 6.91 grams of MDMA-ecstasy;  3.67 grams of  Clonazepam, a sedative-hypnotic party drug; 1.79 grams of cocaine; 0.8 grams of ketamine and “shabu” or crystal meth; and eight grams more of meth and amphetamine.

The four male accused were committed to the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City while Valbuena was ordered transferred to the women’s correctional facility in Mandaluyong City.

 

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