OLONGAPO CITY -- Two drug dealers in Olongapo City were sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to pay P500,000 pesos each as penalty for drug conviction.

In separate decisions dated February 6 and 27, 2015, Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde of the Regional Trial Court Branch 74 in Olongapo City found Abubakar Rakiin and Faisal Malawad guilty for selling a sachet of shabu.

Rakiin and Malawad were arrested in separate buy-bust operations conducted by joint elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Central Luzon (PDEA-3) and City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Taskforce (CAIDSOT-Olongapo City) last December 7, 2012 and January 05, 2013 respectively, in Olongapo City.

Judge Ginez-Jabalde also sentenced both Rakiin and Malawad to a minimum prison term of 12 years and one day and a maximum of 20 years of imprisonment for being found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as The Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Meanwhile, PDEA-3 Director Jeoffrey Tacio commended the city prosecution for its notable performance which led to the conviction of the suspects.

“On behalf of PDEA Director General Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr., we would like to welcome the honorable court’s judgment of conviction. Rest assured that PDEA will continue to perform its mandate in eradicating illicit drugs in the region," Tacio added. (PR)