MANILA - Sen. Panfilo Lacson urged authorities on Wednesday to verify the claims of former Senior Supt. Eduardo Acierto against Michael Yang, former economic adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Lacson said the verification and investigation on Acierto's claims should push through to "clear the air."
"Dapat lang i-pursue 'yung investigation just to clear the air. Kung meron bang basis 'yung accusation ni Acierto," the senator told reporters.
(The investigation should push through just to clear the air on whether Acierto's accusations have basis.)
Acierto, who once served as the officer-in-charge of the now-defunct PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, has linked Chinese businessman Yang and a certain Allan Lim to the illegal drug trade.
Both Malacañang and the Philippine National Police have dismissed Acierto's allegations.
Lacson said Acierto, who was once summoned to the Senate in the past, also showed him the intelligence report on Yang and Lim's alleged drug links.
"May mga butas na hindi ako believe, so ang sabi ko sa kanya, provide me with all the details," the former PNP chief said.
(There are gaps that I don't believe so I asked him to provide me with all of the details.)
It can be recalled that in October 2018, the President initially denied that he appointed Chinese businessman Yang as one of his economic advisers.
However, a month later, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo admitted that Yang was indeed one of the President's "economic consultants."
On Tuesday, the Palace said Yang's term as an economic adviser of the President ended last Dec. 31, 2018.