‘Doc’ gets heavy penalties for illegal drugs, explosives
 
San Andres, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 10-Sep-2019  ·  
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A known drug addict and pusher in San Andres town was not only sentenced to as much as 16 years in prison and fined P300,000 for illegal drugs but was also meted life imprisonment for illegal possession of explosive found by the police in a 2016 raid.

The Regional Trial Court found Marvin “Doc” Bitome guilty of illegal possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia and gave him the penalty of a maximum of 16 years, eight months and one day in jail plus a combined P310,000 fine.

He was also convicted for illegally possessing a bottle filled with “bigas-bigas”, a known explosive used by blast fishermen.

Court records show that on Feb. 14, 2016, San Andres police officers led by Insp. Johnny Ray Isic served the search warrant on Bitome at his house in Bislig.

The searchers discovered two small sachets of shabu inside a matchbox at the kitchen, three pieces of crumpled aluminum foil, an empty small sachet with shabu residue, scissors, two lighters and a bottle containing urea fertilizer (bigas-bigas) commonly used as improvised explosive in illegal fishing.

In his defense, Bitome, who was 34 when the raid was conducted, denied knowledge of the drugs weighing 0.034 gram, drug paraphernalia, and the explosive that was contained in a bottle of lechon sauce a the kitchen.

He insinuated that the evidence were planted while he was being held by the police.

RTC Branch 43 Judge Lelu P. Contreras, however, was not convinced by the accused’s argument.

The judge cited police photos belying the claims of Bitome and wondered why he would take the trouble of transferring the ammonium nitrate to the sauce bottle when he could just put it in a plastic bag.

“Marvin failed to show proof of any motive on the part of the police officers to impute falsely against him a crime as serious as violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Act,” the Court stated.


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