By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Amid claims President Rodrigo Duterte previously announced during the recent PDP-Laban rally in Victorias City that Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia was involved with illegal drugs, the president yesterday clarified his position and affirmed the mayor is not involved with illegal drugs.
“I don’t want anyone to use my name for something that is not true,” the president stated in a video posted on social media.
The allegations were reportedly spread by supporters of former Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella.
Considering the incumbent mayor was not included in the recently release “narco-list,” which accused 46 politicians from across the country of links to illegal drugs, Duterte noted, the names on the list have been verified and processed not only by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency but the National Bureau of Investigation and the intelligence branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
He added, Puentevella is also not on the list.
Leonardia previously targeted Puentevella after an earlier viral social media post suggested Duterte was upset with the mayor over the death of deputy Police Station 6 commander, Police Executive Master Sergeant Oscar Exaltado.
The mayor took aim at Puentevella by saying the story was being “peddled by a politician who claims to be a singing champion.”
“It was spread by a Facebook page that bears his name and that of his boxer son,” Leonardia said, referencing an incident last year when Bacolod City Councilor Claudio Jesus ‘Kalaw’ Puentevella punched City Councilor Dindo Ramos.
The mayor then said he was considering filing cybercrime charges./DGB, WDJ