- A judge who was earlier implicated in Duterte’s drug list resigns from post in Siargao
- The local magistrate was identified as Ezekiel Dagala, a municipal trial court in Dapa town in Siargao Island
- He tendered an irrevocable resignation after conferring with Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez
Ezekiel Dagala, a municipal trial court judge in Dapa town in Siargao Island, who was earlier implicated in President Rodrigo Duterte’s list of alleged illegal drugs personalities has tendered his irrevocable resignation.
His resignation took place after conferring with Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez last August 8, an article written by Danilo V. Adorador III on Phil. Daily Inquirer stated.
Dagala personally confirmed his resignation in an interview with a local radio station further disclosing he hopes it would dispel suspicion of partiality in any investigation that the government may conduct regarding his alleged involvement in the drug trade.
Denying any links to illegal drugs trade, Dagala said his income was barely enough to sustain the needs of his family.
Although he admitted owning a “small island” off Del Carmen town in Siargao, which he reportedly acquired years ago for around P40,000, Dagala noted he is open to any lifestyle check.
Earlier, Dagala accused Inspector Audrey Rose Rivero, the chief of police, of conducting a raid in the island in question without court warrant.
However, the chief of police denied they raided the area but claimed that they had only conducted routine inspection after reports of a shooting incident in the island.
Named Isla Verde, the island is rumored by local folks as a host to an alleged drug laboratory while others identified it as a hub of unspecified criminal activities.
Meanwhile, Dagala said he will eventually surface to clear his name.
As regards the list initially presented by Duterte in public, Dagala said it lacked the names of the “real drug personalities” in Siargao and Surigao Del Norte.