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Pangasinan Rep. Celeste: Narco-list of Duterte is old

Aug 18, 2016 @ 15:57

Pangasinan Rep. Jesus Celeste has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to revalidate his list of narco-politikos.

In an interview, Celeste insisted that Duterte’s list was outdated and should be reviewed.

He cited himself as an example saying that Duterte referred to him as former mayor of Bolinao when he revealed the list.

He said he indeed served as mayor of Bolinao for three consecutive terms but he now serves as a congressman in the first district of his province and is already on his last term.

“This (narco-list read by the President) is an old report. They should validate it. I am no longer former mayor, I am now congressman,” he said.

He said that he has been fighting illegal drugs since he was a mayor adding that he even banned cigarettes in his own resort because he “hate vices.”

Celeste meanwhile admitted that he was not surprised when his name was included in Duterte’s list.

He claimed that it was all part of “black proganda” of his political rivals.

He accused his staunchest political enemy, former congressman and former Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, as the one behind his inclusion in the list.

Braganza has been appointed as one of the members of the government peace panel.

“We, together with my family, believe that the wrong information received by the good President came from him (Braganza) to destroy the good name of the Celestes in the first district of Pangasinan,” Celeste said.

In response, Braganza dismissed Celeste’s accusation and urged him to explain himself to the authorities.

“Rep. Celeste is seeing ghosts everywhere. Instead of blaming others for his misfortune, he better report to the proper authorities and explain what he knows about the illicit drug trade in the country,” Braganza said in a statement.

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