• Richard Gomez probed for drugs – PDEA official

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    Former actor now Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez is being investigated by the police for his alleged involvement in illegal drugs, an official of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Tuesday.

    Gomez, husband of Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, was included in the drug list submitted by slain Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa to the police.

    The Gomez couple had denied any involvement in the illegal drugs trade.

    PDEA director Derrick Arnold Carreon said the agency is investigating several politicians suspected to be involved in illegal drugs.

    “For sure, there are politicians acting as drug trade protectors. I was Region 2 head and I can say there are politicians involved in the proliferation of illegal drugs. But they are still under investigation,” Carreon said in a news briefing in Manila.

    He said five PDEA officials, all with the rank of director, have been placed on floating status on suspicion that they are also coddling drug dealers. He did not name the officials but said they are under investigation and may be charged anytime.

    “That is part of our internal cleansing. We have five directors now under probe and they were placed on floating status pending the results of the fact-finding investigation.” JIM PILAPIL

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