Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Friday shrugged off the drug allegations against Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as fabricated claims.
“Kalokohan at gawa-gawa lang ito ng administrasyon para ilihis ang usapin sa mga kontrobersiya na kinasasangkutan nito tulad ng BOC P6.4 billion na shabu smuggling at ang araw araw na patayan dala ng tiwali at abusadong PNP,” Pangilinan said.
Pangilinan, president of the former ruling party, was referring to the P6.4-billion worth of shabu that slipped past the Bureau of Customs last May.
“Kung gusto nila habulin ang tunay na nasa likod ng mga sindikato ng droga sa bansa, habulin nila ang mga nagpuslit ng P6.4 bilyon na shabu sa BOC,” he said.
Pangilinan said the allegations against Drilon and Roxas are based on fake evidence.
“Nagtatanim o gumagawa ng ebidensya para idiin ang mga katunggali at dinodoktor ang ebidensya para makalaya at makalusot ang kakampi,” the senator said.
Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II earlier said the Department of Justice (DOJ) will treat as a complaint the affidavit of Ricky Serenio, a drug personality in the Visayas.
Serenio alleged that Drilon and Roxas were “protectors” of slain drug lord Melvin Odicta. Odicta and his wife were shot dead in August last year at the Caticlan port.
Pangilinan said such allegations will not silence the opposition.
“Dapat magsalita at isiwalat ang hindi tama,” he said.
In a Facebook post over the weekend, Roxas said he never had any dealings with Serenio nor Odicta. He called he allegations a “poor and laughable attempt at fake news.”
GMA News Online has sought the comment of Drilon on the issue but has to respond as of posting time. — Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/RSJ, GMA News