MANILA, Philippines – A Canadian national has been sentenced to life in prison for his part is attempting to sell ecstasy in the financial district of Makati this past June.
34-year-old Jeremy Eaton was arrested in Makati in June of this year along with Damian Berg – under the ‘swift prosecution’ terms of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, the foreigner is one of the first ever to be arrested and sentenced in such a quick manner through the court systems of the Philippines.
Eaton was also ordered by the court to pay a P500,000 peso fine – drug cases in the past took as long as 2 to 3 years to resolve, longer if the drug pusher was able delay sentencing.
Enrico Rigor, legal head of the PNP’s anti-illegal drugs group said “The judiciary has expedited the prosecution of drug cases, and police are now more active so drug cases are really resolved quickly.” Eaton’s case took just three months from arrest to conviction.
Eaton told reporters that he is innocent when he was initially arrested – he told reporters “I walked into the building, I was jumped from behind, told I’m arrested.” He went on to say, “I was searched, I had nothing on my body. I never had anything. I think I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Eaton’s conviction was based on the sale of 160 ecstasy tablets that he and Australian Damian Berg supposedly sold together in and around BGC.
Both Berg and Eaton have claimed their innocence since being arrested. The court’s decision went as far as to insult Eaton by saying his denial could “easily be concocted and is a common and standard defense ploy.”
Damian Berg’s drug conviction case is ongoing at this time.