Richard Gomez welcomes PNP probe into his alleged drug links
CEBU CITY – Mayor Richard Gomez of Ormoc City in Leyte has welcomed the move of the Philippine National Police to investigate him over his alleged involvement in illegal drugs.
In a statement sent to Inquirer on Sunday, Gomez said the probe would allow him to expose the “ninja cops,” or policemen who resell seized illegal drugs and protect drug syndicates.
He said he would not sit back and allow “malicious and evil individuals” to toss his name lightly and link it to drugs.
“Sa mga nagkakalat at may kinalaman sa drugs, pananagutan ninyo ito, wag kayong mandamay. Man up (Those who are spreading information against me and are involved in illegal drugs, you will answer for this. Don’t drag innocent people),” he said.
“Face up to the consequences of your actions. Wag niyo guluhin [ang] issue. Wag nyo ipahid sa mga inosente ang kawalanghiyaan na ginagawa ninyo ng marami ng taon (Don’t muddle the issue. Don’t rub on the innocent the foolishness you have been doing in so many years).”
Director Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, PNP chief, earlier told reporters in Malaysia that Gomez was now considered a “person of interest” after he and other local politicians were named during a Senate inquiry on Thursday as among those involved in the “drug group” of slain Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and his son, suspected drug lord, Kerwin.
While there was no basis to arrest the mayor, Dela Rosa said PNP had to “dig deeper” on his alleged involvement.
The PNP chief said the investigation would be “beneficial” for Gomez to clear his name.
Gomez said in a statement that he took “great offense” that he had been dragged into the issue on illegal drugs, which he described as “a ridiculous and desperate attempt of my political opponents and their lapdogs, some of who are ninja cops.”
He pointed out that he valued his “good name” more than his wealth and fame, especially that nothing was handed to him in silver platter.
He said he worked hard to be successful and took care of his reputation.
Gomez said that he tried to give back by living a clean lifestyle, advocating against illegal drugs and leading by example.
“Maybe other people do not think much of keeping their names clean, but I do. I value my good name. Fame, power – all that is fleeting. But a good name, a good, clean name is my real wealth.”
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