PDEA says to confirm supposed drugs in Kenneth Dong's nightclub

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Posted at Aug 22 2017 07:01 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2017 07:31 PM

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MANILA - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday said it will confirm the report on the supposed presence of illegal drugs in a nightclub partly-owned by businessman Kenneth Dong.

Senator Richard Gordon asked the agency regarding a drug problem in Dong's Liv Super Club in Cebu, but National Capital Region Director Wilkins Villanueva said according to the Central Visayas regional director Yogi Ruiz, Dong's name just cropped up because of overspending.

"But as per the club, wala pong actual direct report on that matter," he said.

Pressed if the nightclub is on the drug watch, Villanueva said he will confirm it with Ruiz.

Gordon presented a "confidential memo" on the operation of the nightclub for PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña, and asked Dong if he owns the club.

Dong said he is part-owner and they have 20 to 30 financiers.

"That is not what is contained here in this report," said Gordon.

"There is even a report that you are setting up a travel agency and you’re setting up dummy partners," he added, noting that the report said the agency may be used to "facilitate the entry of Chinese from mainland China to Cebu."

Dong denied owning a travel agency, maintaining that it belongs to one of his partners.