- Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu reveals the identities of politicians in the province involved in drugs
- He says he has submitted a list of those involved to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte
- He also denies accusations that he is a drug lord
Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu bared politicians in his province who are involved in illegal drug trade to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
“In the list that I submitted to President Duterte, there are local officials engaged in illegal activities in the province, but I can’t tell you how many but surely there are,” the re-elected governor was quoted in a GMA News Online story.
He, however, refused to reveal the identities of these politicians. He also denied the allegations that he is involved in drugs.
“I will not take this sitting down. Our legal team is working on it. There is a law against it and that is the cybercrime law,” he said.
On Friday, June 24, the governor’s lawyer said they will file a case against a Facebook user Bai Utto who accused Mangudadatu and his family members of being drug lords through a post in the social media platform.
PhilStar said in a story that the Facebook post surfaced when Mangudadato declared his support for Duterte’s anti-drugs campaign.
“Surprisingly, only the governor and his staunch political allies were maligned, none of the political personalities that were against them during the May 9 elections were mentioned in the malicious posts,” Atty. Israelito Torreon said.
Torreon said that the user will be sued for violation of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, describing the post and its occurrence as a “bad and very malicious scheme.”
Aside from that, the culprit may also be charged with libel under the Revised Penal Code, Torreon stressed.
Mangudadatu, for his part, believes the Facebook post was brought by their political foes.
A Liberal Party chairman in the province, Mangudadatu also pledged his support for death penalty, especially in drug cases.
“Death penalty was a strong deterrent against peddling, using and distributing illegal drugs in Saudi Arabia, China and even in Indonesia,” he said.