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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Digong apologized: VG
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

 

President Rodrigo Duterte apologized at a private birthday party, prior to his linking five police officers and a councilor to illegal drugs in his speech, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday.

Lacson, who attended the birthday party of Leo Rey Yanson, president and chief executive officer of Vallacar Transit Inc., on Jan. 12 at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City, quoted President Duterte as saying “I do not wish to sour up the celebration, but I have to manifest this”.

Then the president started making the announcement, Lacson said.

Duterte announced during the birthday party that he was firing Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, BCPO officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Allan Rubi Macapagal, Supt. Richie Makilan Yatar, Supt. Nasruddin Daud Tayuan and Senior Insp. Victor Paulino, for allegedly allowing the proliferation of drugs in Bacolod.

He also linked Bacolod Councilor Ricardo “Cano” Tan to the drug trade.

Asked if it was appropriate for Duterte to make such announcement during a private party, Lacson said, “We already know the style of the President, when he feels like saying something, he will say it, regardless of what the occasion is.”

But the PNP and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency clarified that those five police commissioned officers and Tan have not been included in their respective drug watch lists.*

 

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