Basay town mayor takes drug test, denies drug allegations

Donna Lavares, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2016 08:08 PM

Basay town mayor Beda Cañamaque

NEGROS ORIENTAL - Basay town mayor Beda Cañamaque went to the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) to clear his name after he was included in President Rodrigo Duterte's list of suspected "narco-politicians."

Cañamaque presented himself to NOPPO Director Police Senior Supt. Nestor Tiempo Sunday afternoon to clear his name, adding that the allegations thrown at him are not true and are politically motivated.

He also said he was shocked when he heard the news. To prove his innocence, Cañamaque took a drug test.

Tiempo, for his part, said they will still verify Cañamaque's alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

Duterte on Sunday revealed the names of sitting and retired local government officials, policemen and lawmen who are allegedly involved in the drug trade. 

DUTERTE'S LIST: 'Narco' politicos, lawmen, judges