HK judge scolds Chavit's friend for loud 'yes'


Posted at Aug 19 2010 12:13 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2010 10:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines (CORRECTED/UPDATED) - A friend of Ilocos Sur Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson was reportedly reprimanded by a judge in Hong Kong after her voice echoed in a courtroom where the case of 1st District Ilocos Sur Rep. Ronald Singson was being heard.

Reporting from Hong Kong, ABS-CBN anchorman Henry Omaga Diaz said it was Annie Shie, a friend of Gov. Singson, not Rep. Singson's rumored girlfriend, Lovie Poe, who got a scolding from the Hong Kong judge.

Omaga Diaz had initially reported over radio DZMM that Poe failed to control her emotions and loudly said 'yes' after Singson was allowed to post bail of HK$1 million (approximately P5.7 million) after being arrested at a Hong Kong airport on drug charges last month.

"Sa katunayan noong sa korte noong madinig ang desisyon ng korte na i-grant ng bail si Congressman Singson ay talagang nangibabaw ang tuwa ni Ms. Lovi Poe parang nasabi niya kasi 'yes.' Dito kasi, mahigpit sa korte. Kailangan tahimik lang, e nangibabaw ang boses niya kaya napagalitan siya ng judge," Omaga-Diaz initially told radio DZMM.

Poe is a daughter of the late King of Action Fernando Poe Jr..

However, Omaga Diaz later clarified that it wasn't Poe who "shrieked "Yes", but Shie. She is one of 2 friends of Gov. Singson who will shoulder the bail money for Rep. Singson.

A Hong Kong judge granted Singson's bail petition after he pleaded guilty to bringing cocaine to the former Crown Colony last July 11.

In a previous interview, the elder Singson claimed that the main reason his son decided to go abroad last July 11 was because he was upset following his alleged break-up with the young actress.

Poe, however, had denied in a TV interview that Singson was her boyfriend. (Click here for related video.)

The young Singson was charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs pursuant to Hong Kong’s Dangerous Drug Ordinance. -- report from Henry Omaga Diaz, ABS-CBN News