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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, July 22, 2016
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NBI probe on vs. false claims: Tan

Bacolod councilor has sought the National Bureau of Investigation's help to determine who are the persons behind the spread of text messages falsely accusing him of being an illegal drugs financier so that legal action can be taken against them.

Councilor Cano Tan yesterday said he sought help from the NBI through Ferdinand Lavin, former NBI Negros Island regional director and now national spokesman of the bureau.

Tan said he submitted to the NBI the phone numbers from which the text messages accusing him of being an illegal drugs financier came, and so far, the sender of one has been traced for investigation.

He urges those who get anonymous text messages accusing him of having links to illegal drugs to provide him with the phone numbers used so they can be submitted to the NBI.

Those spreading messages falsely accusing others should not be tolerated, libel cases should be filed against them, Tan said.

This is not the first time such false accusations have been alleged against him, it has been going on for the past 20 years, especially near election time, Tan said.

But he said the NBI and the police have certified that he is not engaged in the drug trade, and is not on their watchlist, he said.

“I want to put an end to all of that…it is painful for my family for me to be wrongfully accused,” Tan said.

It is no joke to be falsely accused of being involved in the illegal drugs trade, he added.

“I have never engaged in any illegal business, my life and business have been open books,” he said.

Tan said he, too, has campaigned against the use of illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, Tan said he has been designated acting vice mayor from July 21 to 26, and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran will be acting mayor while Mayor Evelio Leonardia is out of town.*CPG




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