Former Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama on Sunday denied President Rodrigo Duterte’s allegation that he is involved in the illegal drugs trade.
Rama said in a statement on his Facebook account that he will cooperate with police investigations to clear his name.
“Even how untrue this accusation is, should this be the way and the necessary step to win the war against drugs, I will fully cooperate with the authorities to immediately clear my name and we trust that we will be given the opportunity to present our side and prove our innocence,” the former mayor said.
The report said that according to Rama, the burden of proof should be on the accuser. He said that the naming of persons allegedly involved in illegal drugs should be backed by hard evidence.
Rama suspects that his name was included in the list because he administered the oath of office of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Ronald Espinosa, who surrendered last week to the police after being tagged by Duterte in drugs.
The former mayor denied that he personally knows Espinosa. He said that he administered the Leyte mayor’s oath of office because he was the regional president of the political party, United Nationalist Alliance, in Visayas.
Source: GMA Network News