THE Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group yesterday hailed the conviction of a Canadian drug trafficker who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Makati court after finding him guilty, three months after he was arrested.
PNP-AIDG director Senior Supt. Albert Ignatius D. Ferro welcomed the conviction of Jeremy Douglas Harold Arthur Eaton in a record-breaking prosecution time of three months.
“This decision is a strong indication that our judiciary is also determined in curbing the drug menace in our society,” Ferro said.
He stressed that the conviction of Eaton within three months is another feather in the PNP-AIDG’s cap, the unit known for its high conviction rate.
PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa has asked Ferro to see to it that the PNP’s legal team will be building solid and fool-proof evidence against arrested drug personalities, particularly when it comes to handling of drug evidence and testimonies of arresting officers and witnesses to their operations, including the required testimonies of genuine members of the press.
Eaton was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt for selling Ecstasy and sentenced to life in prison by Judge Gina Bibat-Palamos of the Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 64. The Canadian was also ordered to pay a P500,000 fine.
The court stressed that the defense of denial, like alibi, has been viewed by the court with disfavor for it can easily be concocted and is a common and standard defense ploy in most cases involving violation of the dangerous drugs.