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PDEA clears Northern Samar solon on illegal drugs activities

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) cleared a solon and a local government official of any link to illegal drugs activities in Northern Samar as alleged by the National Democratic Front- Eastern Visayas.

Laurefel Gabales, PDEA Region 8 director, said he had his men check on reports that Northern Samar Rep. Edwin Ong, and his uncle, Northern Samar Governor Jose Ong, were allegedly into the illegal drug activities as claimed by the NDF based in the region, but could not find an iota of evidence to connect them to the illegal activity.

Gabales said he has been receiving persistent reports about the Ongs’ alleged illicit acts even before the May 9 polls, reason why he mobilized anti-illegal drugs agents to verify such information.

On its website, the NDF- Eastern Visayas last week accused newly-elected Rep. Edwin Ong of being  the “biggest drug lord” in Northern Samar who is reportedly enjoying the support of Gov. Jose Ong in the illegal drugs trade.

The statement issued by the NDF- Eastern Visayas on its website and distributed to media outlets in the Eastern Visayas region, was made apparently in response to the call of President Duterte for the communist group to help him in his campaign to rid the country of the illegal drug menace.

Gabales said the accusations against the Ongs were baseless and a rehashed issue.

“Actually yung balita na yan ay bago pa mag election. And based sa aming mga reports dito sa lugar hindi naman involved ang mga Ong sa illegal drugs dito sa Northern Samar.  Wala  kaming nakitang kahit konting link ang mga Ong dyan (sa illegal drugs), wala kahit konting link sa drugs na nakikita,” Gabales said.

Gabales said the allegations were baseless as the Ongs were actively participating in PDEA’s anti-illegal drugs campaign. He said he sees politics as the reason why the Ongs were implicated by the NDF in illegal drugs.

“In my own personal opinion doon yan sa politics talaga,  kasi yung tumakbong governor nitong nakaraang May elections ay dating NDF na pari, pero natalo.  I forgot the name. So, yun ang first impression ko, politics talaga. Second, pina-check ko talaga kung may single link ang mga Ong sa illegal drugs, pero wala kaming nakikita,” he added.

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Mae Mendoza

    Wow ha? Ang Kapal nman Ng nagbintang na yun!

  2. Dapat kasi ang mga pari wag makisali sa politics…. wag sila kakandidato para manungkulan sa bayan kasi pari nga sila….. ang espiritual aspeto ng tao ang nakaatang sa kanila.

  3. Jessie Regala

    PRESS STATEMENT
    DATE: JULY 25, 2016

    FR. SANTIAGO “KA SANNY” SALAS
    Spokesperson
    National Democratic Front of the Philippines
    Eastern Visayas
    Statement of the NDFP- Eastern Visayas
    There is no truth and factual basis in the allegations of Ong’s participation in the illegal drug trades in the province of Northern Samar. If the Ongs were involved in the illegal drug trade, we will certainly not be blind and we would have defnitely taken immediate action.
    On the other hand, we need to carefully study the source of the Ongs business and programs, and let them lay down their plans for a comprehensive economic development that we have been promoting for the people of Northern Samar. Let us firmly hold on to the policies and principles that can develop genuine change. We must defend our people against the sale of illegal drugs and human rights violation and develop an inclusive economy for the poor and enslaved downtrodden.
    National Democratic Front – Eastern Visayas calls on to the well- meaning friends, institutional organization to help and advance the welfare of the people of Northern Samar.
    Pahayag ha Mantaalaan han NDFP- Eastern Visayas
    Waray kamatuoran ug basaranan an mga suspetsa sa mga Ong nga dabi sira san illegal nga droga sa norte san samar. Kon mayda sugad nga buhat an mga Ong, segurado nga diri kita magpapabuta- buta o prohihitiran sira ngan lugod tatagan sira sin tama nga aksyon.
    Lugod maupay nga aton adman an ira surok san pakabuhi nga mga programa ngan maglatag hira maupay nga plano para ha kauswagan nga aton gin-uundong ha mga nortehanon. Katinan an mga palisiya ngan mga prinsipyo ngan pauswagon an tinuod nga pagbabag-o. Angay naton prohitiran an katawhan kontra ha droga ngan pangabuso ngan pauswagon an pakabuhi hadton mga kablasanon ngan nauuripon.
    Nanawagan an National Democratic Front – Eastern Visayas sa mga makatawo nga institusyon ug mga organisasyon nga buligan an katawhan ha Norte San Samar

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