- Ex-DDB chief Dionisio Santiago denied drug links and junkets
- Santiago said he made two trips – to the United States and Europe – upon the invitation of DFA secretary
- He also clarified that the person being linked to a drug lord was not him, but another military officer also surnamed Santiago
Former Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chief Dionisio Santiago denied he had received a mansion from a drug lord and that he went on junket spree with his mistress and favorite employees.
Santiago, who resigned days after President Rodrigo Duterte took offense over his remarks on the Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Nueva Ecija, said the questioned travels were official trips authorized by Malacañang.
He also clarified that the Gen. Santiago being linked to the late Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog was not him, but another military official also surnamed Santiago.
On the supposed “junkets,” Santiago said he made two trips – one to the United States and the other in Europe, particularly Vienna, Austria. He said both trips were at the invitations of Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.
He also said that it was his wife who accompanied him to the United States and not a mistress.
According to Journal Online, Santiago was clueless on the reason for Malacañang to come out with what he claimed were baseless allegations days after his resignation from the DDB.