Duterte calls out congressional bet for false narco list claim vs. Bacolod mayor

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President Rodrigo Duterte (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 21) — President Rodrigo Duterte has called out a congressional candidate for allegedly altering a video to make it appear that he linked Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia to illegal drugs.

In a video posted on Facebook Thursday, Duterte clarified that he "never mentioned" Leonardia when he named dozens of politicians in the government's drug watch list or narco list. He said this was a claim made by former Mayor Monico Puentevella, who is running for Congress.

"I was purposely and intentionally binaliktad yung salita. Hindi naman ho fair 'yan," Duterte said.

[Translation: "I was purposely and intentionally misquoted. That is not fair."]

"Actually my advice kay (former) Mayor Monico is that 'wag ganun tapos gamitin mo yung pangalan ko tapos may mga, yung mga speeches ko inisplice ninyo tapos dinagdagan niyo ng ibang – pinaghalo-halo niyo na lalabas na si Leonardia ang nasa droga. Mali po yun," the President added.

[Translation: "Actually, my advice to former Mayor Monico is that he should not do that – using my name and splicing my speeches to add and mix my words to make it appear that Leonardia is involved in drugs. That is wrong."]

Duterte said he is actually supporting the Leonardia's reelection bid.

"I think he's the better guy. He's the more direct and honest. Siya nag gusto kong maging mayor (I want him to be mayor)," he said.

"I don't want a guy na sabi kong making a fraud sa lahat ng mga sinasabi ko," he added.

Local reports earlier quoted Puentevella denying that he tampered any video of the President as Leonardia threatened to file criminal charges against him.

Both Leonardia and Puentevella are not in the narco list that Duterte made public last March 14, two months before the May 13 midterm elections.