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Leyte Rep. Veloso blames local politics after being dragged in narco-list

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Leyte Rep. Vicente “Ching” Veloso has blamed local politics for his supposed inclusion in the narco-list released by Malacañang last Thursday.

Veloso, a member of the ruling administration party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) in a television interview, said that his local rivals in Leyte were behind his inclusion in the list.

“Ang kalaban ko sa pulitika ay ‘yung ibang mga kandidato dito sa Leyte,” said Veloso.

Veloso, who is eyeing reelection this coming May, said he had no ill-feeling towards the President Rodrigo Duterte after Malacañang published the list of officials allegedly involved in the illegal-drug trade.

The former magistrate said he will immediately resign if accusations against him will be proven but he also dared Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino to resign too should they fail to prove the lawmaker’s alleged link to the illegal drug trade.

“If I am involved, magre-resign ako. On the other hand, if they cannot prove why they put me in that list dapat mag-resign din sila,” said Veloso.

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