October 7, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – A member of the notorious Tinga drug syndicate was sentenced to life imprisonment after a Taguig City court found him guilty of the crime of selling illegal drugs seven years ago.
In an 11-page order, Judge Antonio Olivete of the Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 267 found accused Joel Tinga guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating “Section 5, Article 2 of the Republic Act 9165” or the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002.
The case was filed after operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested the accused in a buy bust operation along M.L. Quezon Street in Lower Bicutan, Taguig on June 22, 2009.
Records showed that the suspect sold to an undercover agent some 10 grams or about P60,000 worth of shabu.
After receiving the marked money, the PDEA agents arrested him.
Tinga denied the accusation leveled against him.
But Olivete said the accused’s testimony “was largely a form of denial.”
In the decision, he said the court found enough evidence that would warrant the conviction of the accused.
In totality, Olivete noted that proof beyond reasonable doubt, as found by the court, was established against the accused.
“The chain of custody of illegal drug was duly proven in the herein case,” the judge said.
“The prosecution was able to establish the fact that the item that was sold and delivered by accused Tinga… was shabu, an illegal drug,” he added.
Besides the penalty of life imprisonment, the court also ordered Tinga to pay the fine of P500,000.
The court directed the jail warden of Taguig City jail to transfer the accused to the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.
Police records showed that the accused was a member of the “busted” Tinga drug syndicate that sold drugs not only in Taguig, but also in other parts of Metro Manila.
Other members of the syndicate, who were also arrested and have been facing drug charges, include Elisa, Henry, Joana, Fernando, Allan Carlos, Alberto, and Bernardo – all bearing the surname Tinga.
PDEA’s background investigation showed that the accused was a cousin of former Taguig mayor Freddie Tinga. -RBL