Pinay fined in Singapore for illegally peddling contraceptives, medicines

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 11 2019 10:45 PM

MANILA - A Filipina store owner in Singapore has been fined $30,000 for illegally peddling contraceptives, painkillers, and antibiotics.

Valdez Ana Rubirosa Manalo, a Singapore permanent resident, will spend 12 weeks in jail if she fails to pay the fine, according to a report by the Straits Times.

Manalo, who was unrepresented, pleaded Thursday for a lower penalty.

"I know I did wrong... I'm asking for forgiveness," she said as quoted by the Straits Times.

Manalo last month pleaded guilty to 6 counts of possession of unregistered therapeutic products for the purpose of supplying them to others.

Among products Manalo sold were more than 1,000 pills of oral contraceptives, 200 tablets and capsules of painkillers, and over 300 tablets and capsules of antibiotics.

Her store Cabalen Grocery was earlier fined $4,000 for possession of appetite suppressants and drugs used to treat various skin disorders.

Those found of being in possession of unregistered therapeutic products for the purpose of supplying them to others can be jailed for up to two years and fined up to $50,000.