Duterte: Robredo in-law brought drugs to Naga

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President Rodrigo Duterte, Vice-President Leni Robredo

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines. August 30) — President Rodrigo Duterte is not done linking Naga City to the illegal drug trade.

On Thursday, the President said he was not backing down from an earlier statement where he called the Vice President's hometown a hotbed of drugs.

But this time, he said it was Robredo's brother-in-law who brought in drugs to the area.

"I stand by my words...hotbed. 'Yung brother-in-law niya ang nagdala ng drugs doon sa Bicol. Totoo yan. Of course, they will deny it," he said.

The President first connected the city to drugs earlier this month.

Robredo denied Duterte's allegations about Naga City, saying, "Hindi natin ito ite-take sitting down, kasi unang una, hindi totoo. Kasi kung totoo ito, tayo pa iyong yuyuko para humingi ng tawad. Pero dahil hindi siya totoo, talagang magrereklamo tayo na, iyon nga, pambabastos sa lahat na taga-Naga iyon."

[Translation: "We will not take this sitting down. First of all, this is not true. Because if it were true, we would be the first ones to bow down and ask forgiveness. Since it's not true, we protest this insult to the people of Naga."]

The Philippine National Police, meanwhile, said Naga City's high crime rate backed the President's claim.

"Alam naman natin [We all know that] those that are perpetrating these crimes against properties are really those also engaged in drug trade, illegal drugs," Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde said.

Albayalde said Naga City is the fifth city outside Metro Manila with the highest crime rate – but this  was corrected by the PNP Public Information Office Acting Chief Benigno Durana later.

"Based on the latest PNP data, among the major cities of the country outside of Metro Manila, Naga City is ranked No.6 in the total crime volume during the period from January to July 2018," Durana said in a statement.