Davao councilor says he isn't 'missing,' just on leave

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 29 2017 06:26 PM

A Davao City councilor being linked to the shipment of P6.4 billion worth of illegal drugs in the country has belied news reports that he has gone missing.

In a statement Friday, Davao City councilor Nilo "Small" Abellera Jr. said he has been on leave and will be back to work next week.

“I want to make it clear that I am not missing as what is written in some newspaper but I am on leave and will be back to work next week," the statement read.

Abellera has twice skipped Senate inquiries on the shabu shipment due to medical reasons. 

He is allegedly part of the "Davao Group," which floated in a previous Senate hearing when private broker Mark Taguba was asked to name personalities involved in bribery activities at the bureau.

The group supposedly dropped the name of presidential son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, when transacting.

Duterte has since denied links to the group and even attended a Senate hearing in a bid to clear his name.