Duterte won’t make public list of celebrity druggies

Published April 4, 2019, 10:24 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Argyll Geducos

While the Philippine Drug Enforce­ment Agency (PDEA) and the Philip­pine National Police (PNP) favor releas­ing the list of celebrities with drug links, President Duterte revealed he won’t make the list public plainly because celebrities are not seeking public office, unlike politicians.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Puerto Princesa Coliseum in Palawan on April 4, 2019. (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

PDEA alone has 31 names of celeb­rities on their list.

“Yung listahan ng mga adik, or drug users, or traffickers, or yung mga artista, hindi ko bitawan yan. Alam mo bakit? Hindi naman sila seeking public office (The list of drug addicts, users, traffickers, or even the celebrities, I will not release that. Why? They are not seeking pub­lic office),” he said during a forum in Palawan.

“Kung private persons, mga ar­tista, wala ‘yan (If they are private persons, showbiz personalities, that’s nothing),” he added.

 
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