National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas: “Ongs not involved in illegal drugs”

Gov. Jose Ong Photo ©
Gov. Jose Ong Photo ©

IN an apparent complete reversal of its earlier claims, the National Democratic Front (NDF)-Eastern Visayas has cleared Northern Samar Rep. Edwin Ong and his uncle, Northern Samar Gov. Jose Ong, of any involvement with criminal syndicates or the illegal drug trade.

“There is no truth and factual basis in the allegations of the Ongs’ participation in the illegal drugs trade in the province of Northern Samar. If the Ongs were involved in illegal drug trade, we will certainly not be blind and we would have definitely taken immediate action,” said Fr. Santiago “Ka Sanny” Salas, NDF-Eastern Visayas spokesperson.

For the time being, the official statement of NDF-Eastern Visayas puts to rest the illegal drugs allegations against the governor and the lawmaker.

Earlier, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 8 cleared the Ongs from any links with any illegal drug activities.

PDEA Region 8 Director Laurefel Gabales said an investigation conducted by his men could not find anything that would link the uncle and nephew tandem to illegal drug activities.

According to Gabales, the accusations against Rep. Ong and Gov. Ong are baseless noting that it surfaced before the election.

“Actually yung balita na yan ay bago pa mag election at base sa aming mga reports dito sa lugar hindi naman involved ang mga Ong sa illegal drugs dito sa Northern Samar. Wala kaming nakitang kahit konting link ang mga Ong dyan (sa illegal drugs), wala kahit konting link sa drugs na nakikita,” said Gabales.

“In my own personal opinion doon yan sa politics talaga, kasi yung tumakbong governor nitong nakaraang May elections ay dating NDF na pari, pero natalo. I forgot the name. So, yun ang first impression ko, politics talaga. Second, pina-check ko talaga kung may single link ang mga Ong sa illegal drugs, pero wala kaming nakikita,” Gabales said.

Rodolfo Andal
Aside for writing for Beyond Deadlines, Rodolfo "Rudy" Andal is also a senior reporter of Pilipino Star Ngayon covering the Malacanang beat, a prized assignment for Philippine based reporters. He started working as journalist in 1989 and is a news stringer of Associated Press and Asahi Shimbun, two of the most prestigious wire services in the world.

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