Politicians tagged in naro-list deny involvement in illegal drugs

Published March 15, 2019, 12:41 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By MB Online

Some of the politicians tagged in President Duterte’s new narcolist issued their respective denials Friday for being included in the list.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the F. L. Dy Memorial Coliseum in Cauayan City, Isabela on March 13, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the F. L. Dy Memorial Coliseum in Cauayan City, Isabela on March 13, 2019. (SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

It can be recalled that the President released the latest narco-list on Thursday.

The President likewise revealed that administrative cases have already been filed against some of the politicians he mentioned.

Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso denied the allegation, and even threatened to sue those who were behind the list.

Veloso, in an interview over ANC, said that he was planning to file cases against those who vetted the list for alleged lapse in judgment in vetting the list.

“I have been unduly injured by this list and those responsible for the inclusion of my name in that list must be sued criminally, must be penalized criminally,” Veloso told ANC’s Early Edition.

He that those behind the list should have waited for probable cause to be established before the Ombudsman before revealing the list.

Lucena City Mayor Roderick Alcala believed that House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez was behind his inclusion in the narco-list.

Suarez and Alcala’s clan are political rivals. Suarez, for his part, denied the allegation and called Alcala’s accusation “irresponsible.”

San Rafael Mayor Cipriano Violago Jr. of Bulacan also has a similar theory, and believed that his political opponent was behind his inclusion in the list.

Likewsie, Subic Mayor Jefferson “Jay” Khonghun, who is running for vice governor in the May midterm elections, pointed a finger at his political opponent for his inclusion in the list.

Meanwhile, Camiling, Tarlac Mayor Erlon Clemente Agustin said that he was surprised to have been included in the list.

He said that, as early as 2017, investigators have already cleared his name as far as involvement in illegal drugs was concerned.

Camiling, Tarlac Mayor Erlon Clemente Agustin said he was surprised to see his name on the list as investigators have already cleared him from his alleged links to illegal drug groups in 2017.

El Nido, Palawan Mayor Nieves Rosento, on the other hand, said that in most of the drug apprehensions in their area, tourists and not locals were involved in drug peddling.

 
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