DDB union denies link to letter sent to Malacañang that got Santiago fired

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MANILA, Philippines – The Dangerous Drugs Board Employees Union (DDBEU) has denied sending the letter accusing former DDB chief Dionisio Santiago of junket trips abroad at the expense of the government.

In an interview with GMA News, DDBEU president Jo Ann Desiderio said they have no knowledge of the letter supposedly coming from a DDB employee and earlier presented to the media by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

The letter, according to Roque, have accused Dioniso of travelling to Austria and the United States on official capacity with his family and friends including his favorite “girl Friday and coffee server” identified as Edith Julie B. Mendoza.

It was signed by a certain Priscilla Herrera, an employee of DDB but not a member of the union.

However, Herrera herself denied sending the letter, which according to Desiderio, was not even printed on the DDBEU official letterhead. Herrera added that the signature on the letter is not hers; stressing that it is fake.

The group said they are still investigating who originally wrote the letter and sent it to Malacañang.

Meanwhile, Malacañang clarified the content of the letter they received from DDBEU should not be treated as ‘gospel truth’.

Nevertheless, Roque pointed out even such an anonymous letter would warrant the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte especially if it concerns corruption among public offices.

“Even if this letter were anonymous, the President would still consider it and would still take steps to verify the truth of allegations,” said Roque on Tuesday.