By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY – Former Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama tested negative for illegal drugs use based on the result of a random test conducted last week at the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7) Headquarters.
The PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Office-7 released the result of the test that was conducted when Rama met with PRO 7 director, Chief Supt. Debold Sinas, last Friday.
Rama said the result will be forwarded to Malacañang with the hopes of clearing his name from illegal drug accusations.
“I cannot be accused of being a drug protector or a drug user. Instead, I should be heralded, awarded for being a consistent supporter of the police in the campaign against illegal drugs when I was a vice mayor and a mayor,” said Rama, who is one of the politicians named by President Duterte as a drug protector.
The PRO 7 will submit the result of the test to the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame.
“The result will be included in the report that PRO 7 will be submitting to higher headquarters and will form part of the deliberations conducted by the PRO as basis of its recommendation. This is being done because it is not within the power of the PRO to delist a civilian included in the President’s list of personalities involved in illegal drugs,” said Supt. Reyman Tolentin, information officer of PRO 7.
“Other validation reports from various government agencies whether in favor or against the former mayor will also form part of the report that will be submitted by PRO7 to higher headquarters ,” added Tolentin.
Rama has announced he will run for vice mayor in Cebu City in next year’s elections.
The former mayor said that once elected, he will pursue his previous plan of building a new police building in the city.