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Di natin alam ang paniniwalaan: Sotto mum on rumors about ex-DDB chief Santiago

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Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III appeared to be privy to the issues hounding former Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chair Dionisio Santiago, which reportedly led to his sacking.

Sotto, however, said he knew nothing about the issues on Santiago on extravagant trips abroad, even supposedly bringing with him his alleged mistress and on his purported acceptance of a house as a gift from suspected and slain drug lord Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog.

“Syempre lahat naman ng nauupo sa pwesto, nagkakaroon ng ibat ibang allegations eh. May mga allegations tayong naririnig pero mahirap mag comment, hindi ko sigurado ang mga ika nga eh nakakating sa atin, mahirap,” he said.

“Marami akong naririnig na bagay sa iba’t ibang tao, hindi natin alam kung alin ang paniniwalaan natin at hindi eh,” Sotto added.

The senator said he has heard questions about how authorities dealt with the illegal drugs they have seized as evidence in various raids.

In last week’s budget deliberations, senators learned that an estimated P10.5-billion worth of various illegal drugs seized during raids and apprehensions, have yet to be destroyed despite the provisions in the law mandating its “burning” within 24 hours after the confiscation by the authorities.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Santiago was told to resign by President Duterte not just for contradicting his statements on the mega rehab center but because of the complaints against the former DDB chief.