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Pinay DH faces 8 new drug-related charges

29 January 2019

Dabao was accused of possessing and/or trafficking
 small amounts of drugs

By Vir B. Lumicao

Prosecutors have filed eight additional charges of drug trafficking and possession against a Filipina domestic worker when she appeared in Eastern Court on Jan. 24.

Michelle Dabao appeared before Magistrate Peter Law, a week after the judge rejected the prosecution’s attempt to adjourn the hearing for another four weeks, and slammed the police for prolonging investigation.

Dabao was arrested in October last year, while allegedly carrying an unspecified amount of dangerous drugs and equipment to sniff drugs.



She was initially charged with one count each of “trafficking in a dangerous drug,” “possession of a dangerous drug” and “possession of apparatus fit for the inhalation of a dangerous drug”.

The prosecution dropped the third charge, but added eight new charges against Dabao which Law approved.



The new charges were about Dabao’s alleged trafficking or possession of various small amounts of drugs, mostly methamphetamine or “shabu” and on one count, heroin.

The alleged offenses were reported to have happened on various dates between Oct. 2 and Oct 18 last year.



The defendant broke into tears when the first additional charge was read to her. “I don’t understand why you adding that Oct 2 charge against me,” she butted in, but the interpreter continued reading the other charges.

No plea was taken and Law set the next hearing for Mar. 4.

In the previous hearing of Dabao’s case, Law scored the prosecution for getting the case stuck in the court due to “further investigation and legal advice”.

The magistrate prodded the prosecutor to tell the police to speed up their investigation as he would no longer allow any more adjournments.

The prosecutor said investigators were still considering what charges they would lay against Dabao based on the government’s chemist’s findings on the drugs seized from her.


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