MANILA - Former La Union 2nd District Representative Thomas "Butch" Dumpit Jr. on Friday denied accusations hurled by a La Union town mayor that he is behind the illegal drug trade in the province.
Speaking to radio DZMM, Dumpit insisted that it was Naguilian Mayor Reynaldo Flores who was involved in the illegal drug trade.
Flores, who was included in President Rodrigo Duterte's list of "narco-politicans" told DZMM on Thursday that Dumpit was the mastermind of a shabu laboratory in Bimmotobot village that was raided by the police in 2008.
Dumpit denied the allegations.
He added that he had been fighting narco-politicians since as early as 2008.
"In the year 2008, when I was the congressman that time, I delivered my privilege speech. In that speech, I already mentioned about narco-politics. It was the first time that everybody heard about narco-politics. That was in 2008," Dumpit told anchor Noli De Castro.
"Isa po 'yang Mayor Flores na 'yan na involved sa drugs (Mayor Flores was among those involved in drugs)," Dumpit claimed.
Dumpit alleged that Flores is running the illegal drug trade in his hometown and that he has the chief of police under his payroll.
"Siya (Flores) po talaga ang may control sa bayan ng Naguilian. Hawak n'ya ang chief of police. Hawak n'ya ang barangay captain... Wala na pong may lakas ng loob na magtatayo diyan (Flores has control of the illegal drug trade in Naguilian, He has the chief of police and the barangay captains under his control... No one would dare to set up another trade in that town)," Dumpit said.
Moreover, Dumpit is urging the government to pursue cases against the narco-politicians tagged by the President.