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2 congressmen on narcolist deny drug links but say Duterte ‘not to blame’

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Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso and Pangasinan Rep. Jesus Celeste on Friday did not blame President Rodrigo Duterte even as they denied any connection to the drug trade after they were named on the list of narcopoliticians released on Thursday night.

“Hindi naman sa galit sa Pangulo kasi alam naman natin na ginamit lang nila (sya),” Veloso said when asked if he was angry with the President’s decision to include him on the “narcolist.”

He challenged the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to produce evidence linking him to drug syndicates.

Veloso said he would file libel and other criminal charges against officials who were responsible for having his name included.

But not Duterte “because he has immunity,” he said.

Celeste, in a separate interview, also said he is not angry at Duterte for releasing the narcolist.

“Kung tutuusin medyo… pero hindi ko naman sinisisi, kasi nabigyan sya ng report na ganun. Sabi ko nga, nagpapasalamat nga ako na may kaso sa Ombudsman, at dun ko sasagutin etong mga kaso, he said.

Zambales Rep. Jeffrey Khonghun, who was also named in the narcolist, said he wouldn’t comment until he has talked to his lawyers.

The three congressmen were among the 46 local officials tagged as “narcopoliticians” by Duterte on Thursday night.

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