Life in jail for drug suppliers in ‘Close Up Forever Summer Concert 2016’ tragedy

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  • 2 of 5 party drug suppliers in the tragic Close Up Forever Summer Concert 2016 were sentenced to reclusion perpetua while 3 others received 20 years imprisonment
  • The two were also directed to pay a fine of P5-M each while the three were fined P500K each
  • The NBI filed charges against the five accused 2 years ago after the discovery of their laboratory in a condominium in Parañaque City, which was said to be the source of party drugs sold in the concert

A Parañaque City court has sentenced to ‘reclusion perpetua’ two of the five accused in the drug trafficking case connected to the tragic summer concert 2 years ago where five people died for party drug intake.

Aside from a probable lifetime in prison, Seergeoh Villanueva and Marc David Deen were also ordered by the Paranaque Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 259 on Friday to pay P5 million each.

Both of them were found “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” for their involvement in the ‘Close Up Forever Summer Concert 2016’ incident.

Meanwhile, the court also sentenced the three other accused — Thomas Halili, Erica Valbuena and Martin Dimacali to at least 20 years imprisonment each.

The three were also directed to pay a fine of P500,000 each.

All five of them were charged with several violations of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed the charges against the suspects two years ago after the discovery of their laboratory in a condominium in Parañaque City, which was found out to be the source of illegal drugs sold during the concert.

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