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Bicolano police officer in Duterte’s list denies alleged drug links

LEGAZPI CITY – August 8, 2016 (Bicol Standard) –Two of the three Bicolanos whose names were mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte as among those who are involved in illegal drugs categorically denied any knowledge in the illegal trade.

Reynante Dayto, who was formerly connected with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) told the media that he had never been involved in any big illegal drug transaction ever since.

He explained, however, that he had already volunteered to report to the Legazpi City PNP Office for fear of his life, especially now with the illegal drug campaign in full blast.

Dayto, however, admitted that he was once a drug user.

Meanwhile, Reymart Dayto, the nephew of Reynante, whose name was also in the list of Duterte, wants to clear his name, claiming that he is not a drug dealer.

“He is just a lowly stevedore at the pier. He does not have any capability to engage in bigtime drug transaction,” said the older Dayto.

Reymart, according to Brgy. Capt. Pando Lopez of Barangay Pigcale, is just occupying a small house.

"I myself was surprised when I learned that Reymart’s name was announced by the President. He is just a simple person who earns a living at the Legazpi Port."

In a related development, PO2 Mark Christian Catalina, another Bicolano police officer whose name was mentioned by President Duterte in his announcement had already reported to PSSupt. Rudolph Dimas, Camarines Norte Provincial Director, to surrender the firearm that was issued to him by the government.

He is expected to travel to Manila, today, to report to PNP Director General Ronald de la Rosa, as per instruction of the President.

He did not issue any statement regarding the matter.

However, a BICOL STANDARD source revealed that Catalina already surfaced in some intelligence reports that he financing the alleged illegal drug transactions of his relative in Camarines Norte. (With report from Mark Kevin Arroco)


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