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To release or not to release? Palace: Drug-linked celebrities won’t get special treatment

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte will not give special treatment fo celebrities allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade, Malacanang said.

Duterte’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the remark in reponse to the statement of Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde that he was in favor of releasing the names of drug-linked showbiz personalities.

“The President does not give special treatment to anyone if you have noticed,” Panelo told reporters.

Duterte, he added, will carefully study before taking a decision on whether to make public the celebrities into illegal drugs.

“All factors will be considered by the President so we will have to await his decision on the matter. Again, the President will weight the pros and the cons and decide,” Panelo said.

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