MANILA, Philippines - Former congressman Ronald Singson learned the hard way that illegal drugs are not worth it, after serving his sentence for 18 months in a Hong Kong prison.
In an interview with Kris Aquino on her morning show "Kris TV" on Thursday, Singson said his former constituents helped him bounce back from the controversy in 2010, when he was caught with illegal drugs.
"It (support from constituents) inspired me, actually. Because for a time, I was feeling depressed. I was thinking like, 'anong magiging tingin ng mga tao sa akin?' People will look down on me and everything but when I came back, 'yung faith nila ay nandoon pa rin. So I felt like I could still make a difference," he said.
"It (experience) continues to inspire me, it continues to guide me. I use it always as a reference point in everything I do now. I'm more careful," he added. "If I didn't go through that, I wouldn't know how much blessings I do have right now. I feel so blessed and I feel thankful to the Lord."
Echoing what his father, Ilocos Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson, said early this year, the former congressman admitted that he made a mistake in choosing friends.
"I don't hang out with them anymore," he said about his "wrong friends." "'Yun nga 'yung sinabi ng dad ko na nagkamali ako sa pagpili ng kaibigan."
Singson also gave unsolicited advice to those who are still tempted to try illegal drugs.
"It's not worth it. It was something for me so unnecessary I could have done so much bettter without it. But then again, it happened. Gamitin niyo na lang ako as an example [para] huwag niyo nang daanan pa," he said.
Singson was previously linked romantically to actress Lovi Poe.