A prominent lawyer in Misamis Oriental, Atty. Michael Roa, his brother Porferio Roa Jr. and nephew John Rey Roa, all relatives of former Balingasag town mayor Marietta Roa-Abogado were all found guilty beyond reasonable doubt for drug charges filed against them.
In a 17-page decision last July 5 by presiding RTC Branch 21 Judge Gil Bollozos, brothers Michael and Porferio were sentenced to life imprisonment and a fine of P400,000 each, while John Rey, being a first offender, was sentenced to undergo rehabilitation for six months. All three are currently detained at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail. Meanwhile, a fourth suspect, Justine Mae Pundavela, who is John Rey’s live-in partner, remains at large and a warrant of her arrest stands after she absconded. More details at Mindanao Daily News below.
It can be recalled that all four were arrested in a joint operation by police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on then Mayor Abogado’s ancestral house in Balingasag last November 2016. The raid yielded shabu and other drug paraphernalia. Read our old post below.