Drug pusher in Baguio sentenced to life, fined P800,000

BAGUIO CITY -- A  Regional Trial Court here has sentenced a drug pusher to life imprisonment and an additional  14 years in jail after he was found guilty in two cases filed against him by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Cordillera in 2021.

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PDEA-Cordillera Regional Director Gil Cesario Castro said on Monday, July 11, Judge Lilybeth Sindayen-Libiran, of Branch 61, Regional Trial Court, Baguio City, sentenced Bertito Ilumin Ramirez to life imprisonment and ordered him to pay a fine of P500,000 for violation of Section 5 (selling) under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Ramirez was also sentenced to 14 years in prison and fined P300,000 for violating Section 11 of the same law for possession of illegal drugs.

According to Castro, Ramirez was arrested on April 28, 2021 in an entrapment operation in Barangay SLU-SVP.

He was considered a public enemy for a series of criminal activities here and Benguet.

Castro thanked Prosecutor Oliver Prudencio of the Baguio City Prosecutor's Office for the successful prosecution of Ramirez.

Castro renewed his commitment to fortify PDEA’s legal offensives, upholding  the rule of law in anti-drug operations, and create a working relationship with  legal institutions for a safe region.