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Madaling kausap: Duterte OKs Espino’s request to probe his inclusion in drug matrix

Sep 1, 2016 @ 15:26

Charges will not be filed so easily against Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr. after he was named by President Rodrigo Duterte as among the personalities allegedly involved in the drug trade within the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

In a press release issued Wednesday (Aug. 31), Espino said he reiterated his innocence regarding the drug-related allegations made against him when he met with Duterte in Malacañang on Aug. 30.

“In our meeting, the President granted my request for an immediate, thorough investigation and validation of the matrix that had been submitted to him,” he said.

Espino, a former governor of Pangasinan, said he is also ready to face his accusers as well as respond to the evidence that might be presented against him.

He maintained that he could not have been involved in the drug trade inside the NBP considering his frosty relations with another politiko tagged in the controversy, Senator Leila de Lima.

I cannot imagine how my name landed in the NBP matrix with Senator De Lima in the first place. Aside from our unpleasant relations, I do not even now anyone at all inside the NBP and I do not know that driver (alleged De Lima lover, Ronnie Palisoc Dayan) and barely know retired (Bureau of Corrections) Director Frank Bucayu,” he said.

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