Filipino rapper Loonie shared on social media on Wednesday, June 23, that the Makati Regional Trial Court – Branch 64 dismissed the drug-selling case the Makati City Police Station Drugs Enforcement Unit (SDEU) filed against him, his younger sister, and two members of their rap production crew.
Loonie, real name Marlon Peroramas, maintained that he has “never sold drugs in my entire life.” In a statement, he said that he and his sister, who’s also his manager, are “now consulting with their lawyers… to file counter charges against individuals who planted evidences (sic) during the supposed buy-bust operation.”
He and his companions were arrested on September 18, 2019 by the Makati police in a buy-bust operation at a hotel in Poblacion, Makati. According to local news media Rappler, the group was reportedly in possession of a box containing 15 sachets of high-grade marijuana worth Php 100,000 (roughly USD2,050). He was subsequently released on a Php 2 million (roughly USD41,000) bail on January 24, 2020.
“We offer this victory to God and to everyone who’s been supporting us through and through,” Loonie said.
Loonie rose to prominence as a FlipTop battle rapper and ranks as one of the most-viewed in the world. He’s also starred in the 2017 independent film, Respeto, alongside fellow rapper Abra.