outbrain
Close  

Palace says Congress free to probe Michael Yang’s alleged drug links

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 04:02 PM March 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Congress is free to investigate Chinese businessman Michael Yang’s alleged drug links, Malacañang said Friday.

This developed after detained Senator Leila de Lima asked the Senate to conduct a “comprehensive probe” on the alleged connection of Yang, who was appointed adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte until December 2018, to the illegal drug trade in the country.

ADVERTISEMENT

Yang’s appointment was not renewed in the wake of initial allegations that he was involved in the illicit drug business.

De Lima on Thursday filed Senate Resolution No. 1033, pointing out that an investigation on Yang was “imperative, as accountability must be sought given his official, high-level capacity as a former Presidential Economic Adviser.”

FEATURED STORIES

READ: Senate’s ‘comprehensive probe’ on Michael Yang’s alleged drug links sought

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) have already cleared Yang from any involvement in illegal drugs.

READ: PDEA chief clears ex-Duterte adviser Michael Yang of drug links

“Isn’t it that Michael Yang has already been cleared by PDEA and by the PNP? They are saying that Acierto was referring to a different Michael Yang,” Panelo said.

Dismissed former deputy director for administration of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) Eduardo Acierto has accused Yang of being involved in the illegal drugs trade.

Nevertheless, Panelo said Congress could still probe the Chinese businessman.

“Congress has the right to investigate,” he said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Still, however, Panelo said no more investigation against Yang would be carried out by the Duterte administration.

“If that is their findings, why will they [still investigate?]. In fact, those are their findings because they already investigated it,” said Panelo, referring to the investigation conducted by PNP and PDEA. /kga

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Illegal drugs, Local news, Michael Yang, Nation, national news, news, Philippine news updates, Senate Resolution No. 1033
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.