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Dikit kay Duterte! Suspected drug pusher Michael Yang flaunts appointment as presidential economic adviser

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By Prince Golez

Davao City Los Amigos mall owner and suspected drug pusher, Michael Yang is apparently the economic adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas, in a blog post on Monday, wrote that Yang’s supposed website revealed his connection to Duterte.

“What intrigued us is why Duterte and even (Spokesman Harry) Roque and (Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter) Cayetano, in their statements, didn’t mention that Yang is a ‘presidential economic adviser’. That’s according to the businessman’s website (www.opea.com.oh),” Tordesillas said, referring to the clarification that Duterte could not believe Yang is involved in the drug trade.

“While the title ‘presidential adviser’ is usually bestowed as a favor to election contributors and friends, it’s actually just for calling card purposes. But Yang has his emblazoned at the entrance of his plush-looking office,” she added.

Citing DFA source, Tordesillas said the Davao-based businessman allegedly demanded for an office space at the Philippine embassy in Beijing.

According to the website, Yang’s tasks include “conducting economic analysis and providing advice on government policies,” “providing information and analysis in the formulation of budgets,” and “advising the department and assessing the economic impact of government policies, measures, and programs.”

He is also involved in assisting Chinese companies “make economic and trade exchanges with the Philippines,” it said.

In his speech before members of the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Inc. in Malacañang, Duterte on Thursday cleared Yang‘s involvement in the illegal drug trade.

“Ito daw si isang Michael Yang na drug addict daw. Michael Yang, ang ambassador ng China, diyan natutulog sa bahay niya. At saka kasama ‘yan doon sa entourage ni Premier of China,” the chief executive said. “Pero kung sabihin mo ‘yung Michael Yang lalabas ni… Hindi ‘yan totoo. Matagal na ‘yan sa Davao.”