Confirmed! Catanduanes gov Joseph Cua involved in illegal drugs- DDB chief Santiago
Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua is involved in the illegal drug trade, Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chairman Dionisio Santiago has confirmed.
In a recent press conference, Santiago said rumors about Cua’s ties to the drug trade have swirled from the time he was the director-general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency from 2006 to 2011.
Asked categorically if the governor was involved in the illegal drug trade, Santiago said: “Basta reported sa akin sinasabi ko. Kung di naman nireport sa akin at di ko alam bat ko sasabihin sa inyo?”
The newly appointed DDB chief said President Rodrigo Duterte is likely aware of Cua’s involvement in the manufacture and sale of illegal drugs in the Bicol region.
“I think alam niya eh, dahil na-mention niya na… nabanggit niya specifically si Governor Cua kaya naman malakas loob kong bumanggit dahil nabanggit na rin ni Presidente yan,” he said.
Journalist Larry Que had discovered that Cua used his transportation business as a front for transporting the shabu manufactured in Catanduanes in and out of the province.
Que, however, never got to publish his expose since he was gunned down by unknown assailants last December.
A month before Que’s death, the Philippine National Police raided a large-scale shabu laboratory in Barangay Palta Small, Virac, Catanduanes. Cua denied he was involved in the drug trade after his name was dragged into the discovery of the property.
In his July 17 speech, Duterte vowed to keep his eyes on the National Bureau of Investigation’s director for Catanduanes amid the alleged ongoing drug trade in the province.
“May isa pa ditong drug na… Isang NBI director, isa ka pa. P****i**, bantay ka sa akin. ‘Yung sa Catanduanes. Sinisikreto lang ninyo ‘yan, hindi niyo ibinabalita,” he said.