MANILA–A Northern Samar neophyte lawmaker who was linked by communist rebels to drug trafficking together with his governor uncle denies the accusation on Saturday, calling it “baseless, unfounded and simply meant to “destroy our good name and unblemished reputation in the province.”
In a statement, Northern Samar 2nd District Rep. Edwin Ong said the National Democratic Front (NDF) allegation “against me and my uncle, Northern Samar Gov. Jose Ong, was rehashed” as he expresses support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign.
“My family has been doing business long before we decided to enter politics. We are one with the President in his fight against the drug menace,” he said adding “Luma na ang akusasyong ito na unang ibinato sa aming pamilya noong panahon ng kampanya kung saan nakalaban ng aking tiyuhin ang isang miyembro ng NDF sa pagka-gobernador ng lalawigan”
Ong says the accusation against him was raised anew to besmirch his reputation.
“Nais kong ipaalam na wala sa watchlist ng Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Armed Forces of the Philippines at maging Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang aking pangalan, maging ng aking tiyuhin,” Ong stresses.
The lawmaker also dares the NDF to produce evidence on his alleged link to the illegal drug trade.
“Bukas din kami sa anumang imbestigasyon upang patunayan na pawang kasinungalingan ang ibinabatong akusasyon laban sa aking pamilya.Buo ang aming tiwala na sa huli, katotohanan ang siyang mananaig,” Ong notes.
The Ong family is engaged in steel and food businesses and have worked with some of the country’s renowned businessmen.
Edwin Ong is on his first term as congressman of the province’s second district while his uncle, Jose, won a second term as governor.