Wednesday, September 18, 2019

More Negros Occidental officials react to blog on drugs

OTHER Negros Occidental officials mentioned in a blog accusing them of involvement in illegal drug operations hit the anonymous persons or persons behind the post, which has been taken down since on Sunday.

A check of as of last night showed nothing of the article titled “Sa Negros may shabu kag madamo pa.” The site says, “Nothing Found.”

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who has been accused in the post as a drug protector, said Friday the article is “not only clearly derogatory but also full of outright lies and innuendoes against some personalities in Negros, including me, and certain entertainment industry figures.”

First District Representative Melecio Yap, who was also mentioned in the blog, said he will refer the matter to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as he suspected that a drug lord could be behind the blog and wants to put them in an awkward situation.

“It's a cyber crime,” he said.

Some local officials came to the defense of their colleagues.
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson on Sunday asked, “How credible is the blogger?”

Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante, who like Lacson has not seen the blog said, “We are now in the open season of finger pointing.”

“Every Tom, Dick and Harry has a list. Let the blogger prove it,” he added.

Escalante said the Provincial Board will take action by passing a resolution condemning the author.

Former Third District board member Patrick Lacson, who is a reformed drug dependent, also defended his cousin Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano from accusations of being involved in illegal drugs. Both were also mentioned in the blog post.

If made to undergo drug test, Montelibano will definitely have a negative result, he added.

“He was even the one who asked me to stop using illegal drugs when I was still into it. I invited him to also join me in drug use but he never did,” Lacson said.

He said that he remembered meeting showbiz personalities Maui Taylor and Katya Santos in a bar, but he never joined them in a “pot session” as alleged in the blog.

Bacolod City Councilor Ricardo Tan on Sunday said the issue linking him to illegal drug trade has been there for 20 years, and is resurrected every time he runs for public office.

“Every time there is an election, it comes out. In fact, my certifications coming from the Narcotics Command, National Bureau of Investigation, Bacolod and Negros Occidental police offices, among others, are already so thick because I always obtain those clearances. All those issues being hurled against me and my (deceased) brother are unfounded and baseless," he said.

Tan said will also ask for certifications from the present heads of the NBI, police offices, and other concerned government agencies.

He added that he is also contemplating to run after those who spread lies online about him.

“We can file not just libel, but other criminal cases and seek damages for trying to destroy my name and person,” Tan said.

He challenged anybody to come out in the open if they have evidence against him.

For his part, former Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella asked those who accused his sons Brian and Nicky of being drug users and dealers to spare them.

Puentevella said that if they are after him, they should not involve his children “because they are clean.”

“Put me in the list too. But if I catch you, I will kill you whoever and wherever you are,” he added.

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