Philippine congressman admits to drug trafficking


HONG KONG — A Philippine congressman Monday pleaded guilty to drug trafficking after he brought more than 6 grams of cocaine into Hong Kong, a government-run radio station said.

Ronald Singson, 42, son of powerful Filipino politician Luis Chavit Singson, was arrested with the drugs in July 2010 as he traveled through the territory en route from Manila to Macau. At a hearing in Hong Kong’s District Court, where he pleaded guilty, Singson’s lawyer said the drug was for his personal use, according to government-run RTHK radio. However, prosecutors said Singson could not have consumed the cocaine alone over the course of a planned two-day stay in the gambling resort, RTHK reported. Sentencing was adjourned.

The congressman has been on bail since. He is undergoing treatment for drug addiction, the District Court heard.

Singson, who is also a music promoter, represents a district of the northern province of Ilocos Sur in the Philippines. His father is a one-time ally of former president Joseph Estrada.