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Zubiri won’t intervene in smuggling complaint vs friend Kenneth Dong: No one is above the law

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Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri on Wednesday assured that he will even try to lift a finger to help businessman Kenneth Dong from his alleged involvement in smuggling of P6.4-billion worth of shabu from China.

This, even if he considers Dong a friend, the senator said in a statement.

“As a public servant, I meet a lot of people and do not prejudge them. Let it be said, however, that I do not condone any illegal act much more the involvement in the illegal drug trade. I always believe that no one is above the law,” Zubiri said.

Should there be any evidence of Dong’s involvement in the illegal drug trade, Zubiri said he should be brought to the bar of justice. “If anyone breaks the law then, without fear or favor, friend or not, the law must be implemented and if found guilty, should be arrested,” he said, adding that he has “zero tolerance for illegal drugs.”

Zubiri, who happens to be one of the principal authors of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, admitted that Dong is a friend but is not familiar with business dealings except his ownership of Azuki industrial weighing scales.

“I got to know Dong when a friend introduced him to be several years ago. I was told that he is a legitimate businessman and importer of Asuki industrial weighing scales. He made m ‘ninong’ at his wedding and I was only one of the many senators, politicians and celebrities who were asked to be principal sponsor. I have not seen him since last Christmas, close to eight months ago,” he said.

A news report named Zubiri among the five senators who stood as sponsors in the wedding of Dong in Nov. 2013.

Senators Ralph Recto and Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan were also “ninongs” in his wedding, same with Senators Risa Hontiveros and Joel Villanueva.

Villanueva was still with TESDA then while Hontiveros was still with Philhealth at that time.