Businessman belies drug ties, to file charges vs accusers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2018 06:36 PM | Updated as of May 23 2018 03:44 PM

MANILA - A businessman who was arrested in Makati earlier this week for alleged drug trafficking denied all allegations on Tuesday and said charges will be filed against those who intentionally spread disinformation.

Some reports that circulated on social media earlier this week said Iñaki Araneta, supposedly a cousin of former Interior Sec. Mar Roxas, was arrested for illegal drug trafficking. The post was accompanied by Araneta's mugshots.

"It is not true that I am related to former Sec. Mar Roxas. It is not true that I was charged with a drug trafficking case," Iñaki Araneta said in a statement.

Araneta was charged with illegal drug trafficking several years ago, after he was supposedly caught with a vial of cocaine in Boracay, said Senior Supt. Eleazar Matta, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Southern National Capital Region. 

Matta said Araneta was arrested and due for inquest proceedings when he was caught in 2011. 

But Araneta said he was not afforded his right to due process as he "never received any subpoena from the prosecutor's office."

He added he had no intent to evade arrest, "because during the inquest proceeding in 2010, the prosecutor dismissed the case for insufficiency of evidence."

"When the police officer allegedly refiled the case months after dismissal, I never received any subpoena from the prosecutor's office," he said.

"The preliminary investigation proceeded without affording me a right to submit my counter affidavit, in blatant violation of my right to due process," he added.

Araneta said he will file charges against individuals who deliberately wrote misleading articles and spread disinformation that smeared his character.

"I will instruct my lawyers to file all necessary actions against all people who are spreading fake news and libelous statements against me and my family," he said.