‘Daet mayor not linked to drugs’

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The camp of Mayor Benito Ochoa, newly installed mayor of Daet town in Camarines Norte, vehemently denied any involvement in the illegal drug trade.

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A local official of the municipality, who spoke on condition that he would not be named, said Ochoa felt alluded to in The Manila Times story that a certain “B2K,” a mayor-elect in Camarines province, was the subject of recent drug operations by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“The mayor would like to clear his name because he is the only mayor in Camarines who goes by the name ‘B2K’ as mentioned in your paper. He has never been involved in the drug trade and he will never be,” said the official.

In The Times report, sources only mentioned the alias “B2K” and that it was not stated that he hails from Camarines Norte or Daet because the source did not give details but only general information. However, the Daet local official said Ochoa is the only mayoral bet who is known by that alias.

“Mayor Ochoa is a respected businessman here. He does not do drugs. But his detractors who lost in the last elections were bent on maligning him. There is absolutely no truth to the supposed payoff to the NBI or the PDEA. The raid never happened. It was a political dirty trick,” added the official.

In fact, he said, Ochoa is active in the campaign against illegal drug abuse in his area as instructed by Camarines Norte Gov. Edgar Tallado.

The mayor, he added, vowed to end the drug problem in six months.

During a recent gathering in the province, Tallado urged his colleagues in the local government and constituents to shun the vice and report to the authorities their knowledge on any illegal drug activity.

JOEL M. SY EGCO

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