Cebu's Rama: Someone else, not me, should be on 'drug list'
MANILA - Former Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama insisted Monday that someone else, and not him, should be on President Duterte's list of government officials with alleged drug ties.
Speaking to radio DZMM, Rama claimed the people of Cebu believe he is not involved with the drug trade in their province.
"Ibang pangalan ang gustong ipapasok [sa listahan] ng mga tao sa Cebu City kaya it really shocked me, itong nangyari po," he said.
Rama, however, declined to identify this VIP drug suspect or his government post.
The former mayor is among more than 150 individuals tagged as drug lords or drug coddlers by the President on Sunday.
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Rama said he never protected drug rings during his six-year term as local chief executive.
Rama: I was never a drug coddler
He reasoned it was impossible for him to become a drug coddler when the national police keeps on shuffling its officials.
He also pointed out that the number of anti-drug operations during his term was three times higher compared to those of his predecessors' administration.
Rama said he also gave full support to Cebu City's policemen in the form of honorarium, free training and other benefits.
Despite Duterte's allegation, he also said he will continue supporting the government's drive to wipe out drug rings.
He is also willing to undergo any investigation to debunk his purported drug ties.
DZMM TeleRadyo, 8 August 2016