Cebu's Rama: I was never a drug coddler

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2016 06:08 PM

Composite picture of former Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and President Duterte

CEBU -- Contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte's allegation, former Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama insisted Sunday that he never protected any drug ring during his six-year term as local chief executive.

In a press conference, Rama said Duterte was ill-informed about the narcotics trade, noting that it is impossible for him to become a drug protector when the national police keeps on shuffling its officials.

Duterte on Sunday accused 150 officials from local governments, the judiciary and law enforcement agencies of being drug lords or drug protectors.

Among those he named were Rama and Superintendent Romeo Santander, the chief intelligence officer of Cebu City during Rama's term.

Rama said his camp is now trying to get hold of the list of names bared by the President.

He is also willing to undergo any investigation to debunk Duterte's allegation.

The former mayor is also mulling filing charges against the individual or office that led Duterte to brand him as drug tainted.

Rama also said he was deeply saddened with the inclusion of Santender in the list, given the awards that the policeman bagged for his accomplishments in ridding Cebu City of narcotics.

Saying he does not fear for his life, Rama also claimed he would not go into hiding because he is innocent. He will also continue visiting less privileged communities while finding a way to clear his name.