Manila, PHL- Ilocos Sur Rep. Ronald Singson tendered his resignation from the House of Representatives yesterday, after he was sentenced to serve in jail for drug trafficking.
In a one-page letter dated February 28 presented by Singson's father, Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson to House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr., the younger Singson stated, "I am resigning not because I am succumbing to the pressure of the noisy few among my honorable colleagues, rather, my resignation is a fulfillment of my promise to my father who had all the right to make the first and loudest protest because it was his name and honor that was mercilessly dragged into the tempest of my own undoing."
"Finally, I am tendering my resignation as a Congressman for the sake of my countrymen, the Filipino people, especially my constituents in the first district of Ilocos Sur, who look up to the members of Congress with respect bordering on adulation, and with undying hope for truly honorable legislators as exemplars of the highest standards of behavior," he added.
Singson was arrested in July 2010 for possessing 6.7 grams of coccaine and two tablets of Valium, upon his entry at the Chek Lap Kok Airport in Hongkong. He was sentenced to jail for 18 months by Wanchai District Court Judge Joseph Yau after he pleaded guilty of drug possession. But he insisted that those drugs were for his personal use, and not to be sold. He said that he had been "dependent" on the said drugs to aid his depression after he and his girlfriend actress Lovi Poe had an argument.
Singson is now serving his one-and-a-half year sentence at the Lai Chi Kok Correctional Institution in Hongkong.