Ramos denies giving 'drug list' to Duterte
MANILA, Philippines – Former president Fidel Ramos denied he gave President Rodrigo Duterte a thick list of drug personalities.
His denial was in a postscript at the bottom of an opinion piece published in the Manila Bulletin on Saturday, September 10.
"POST-SCRIPT – DON'T BELIEVE THAT FVR VISITED MAYOR DU30 IN DAVAO CITY 4 TIMES AND GAVE THE MAYOR 'A THICK LIST OF DRUG LORDS.' NO WAY!!!" reads the article.
Ramos was countering claims Duterte made himself during a speech in front of Filipinos based in Laos on September 5.
Malacañang's transcript and video of the speech show the President making these claims.
The official transcript, sent by the Presidential Communications Office, reads: "You know President Ramos went to Davao four times – three times po. Tapos iyong una wala siyang pinakita, basta sabi lang niya, 'you must run because it's about time that Mindanao would have its own President.' Iyon lang ang usapan limitado doon.
And you can ask him, buhay pa si Ramos eh. The second time, he was strongly urging me to run. Sabi niya, 'ikaw lang ang makapigil nito,' kung papaano. Then he showed me a list ng mga... nandoon na, mga general sa droga, pati iyong pulis ganoon kakapal. Hindi ko pa binitawan iyong iba, kasi bina-validate ko pa."
(You know President Ramos went to Davao 4 times – 3 times. The first time, he didn't show anything, he just said, 'You must run because it's about time that Mindanao has its own President.' The discussion was limited to that.
And you can ask him, Ramos is still alive. The second time, he was strongly urging me to run. He said, 'You are the only one who can stop this.' Then he showed me a list of...it's there, generals into drugs, even the police, this thick. I can't release the names of the others because I am still validating.)
On September 8, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza issued a statement denying Duterte ever made such claims.
"President Duterte categorically denied media reports claiming that former president Fidel Ramos was the original source of the so-called drug list...'To say that the source of the narcotics list came from President Ramos is a total fabrication,' President Duterte said,'" reads the statement sent to media. – Rappler.com