Ronald Singson won't return to politics - Chavit

Posted at 12/22/11 7:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Ilocos Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson said on Thursday that his son, former Rep. Ronald Singson, will not return to politics after he is released from a Hong Kong prison on January 14.

Singson said his family is also excited to welcome home his son, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail last February after he was caught carrying illegal drugs at the Hong Kong airport on July 2010.

He told ANC's Top Story that he has yet to see his son after he was sentenced by the court.

"Excited na kaming makasama sya. Pagka-sentence, hindi na kami nagkita. Ang dalaw ay twice a month lang. Limited din, 3 sa isang dalaw," Gov. Singson said.

He said his son wants to focus on his business after he is released.

"Gusto nyang magtrabaho, asikasuhin ang mga negosyo nya, at tumulong sa mga nabiktima ng droga. Hindi na muna babalik sa pulitika," he said.

After his sentencing last February, Ronald Singson resigned from his congressional seat, which his younger brother Ryan Luis won in a special election.

Gov. Singson said his jailed son received a lighter sentence because his lawyer entered into a plea bargain.

"Marami ang nabawas sa binigay na sintensiya sa kaniya na 18 months," he added. "Kaya nga pinaamin eh. Kung hindi aamin, maaring maging 5 years to life."

Ronald Singson told the Hong Kong court that the drugs found in his possession were for personal use and were not intended to be sold.