‘Prove Drug Claims vs. Me,’ Vice Gov. Lacson Dares Jailed Huelar

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson challenged former Barangay 35 Capt. Manuel Huelar, who is in jail for drug raps, to “prove” his allegations that he is a drug addict.


NEGROS OCC. VICE GOVERNOR BONG LACSON reads his statement and answers questions from the media, as he calls on jailed drug suspect and former Brgy. 35 (Bacolod) Captain Maue Huelar to prove his claims that the VG is a drug user. Lacson, in yesterday’s press conference, said in his decades in public service, he was never involved nor tagged in illegal drugs.*(Arman Toga photo)

Lacson, in a press conference yesterday morning, said the statements of Huelar in his affidavit ‘falsely accusing me of using drugs based on his expert opinion alone is very irresponsible, utterly false, malicious and made with impunity.”

“Mr. Huelar clearly committed perjury in executing his affidavit. However, as he is in prison already, he can make such perjurious statements against me and other individuals without any regard for its consequences. Mr. Huelar is a mercenary and a lose cannon and is willing to make unfounded and malicious accusations against me and other public officials. His affidavit is clearly bereft of any details to warrant any belief for any of its statements therein,” the Vice Governor, meanwhile, said in a prepared statement.

Lacson said he has been in public service since 1986 and, “my public record speaks for itself and vouches for my integrity.. I have never been accused of any involvement in illegal drug trade nor in using illegal drugs myself or any wrongdoing for that matter.”

He also answered the allegations about his brothers by saying that “they are responsible adults and are not under my keep.”

“However, I assure the public and Mr. Huelar himself, that if I and my family have any knowledge about my brother Manolet’s involvement in the illegal drug trade, we as a family will not tolerate such illegal activity as it is against the law. I would like to emphasize though that it is Mr. Huelar who is now in jail for selling drugs and not my brother Manolet,” Lacson said.

Lacson said he agrees with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and former Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer that politics maybe behind the allegations.

“I have a hunch as to who really is behind this affidavit,” he said.

He, like Marañon and Ferrer refused to identify the person behind Huelar, saying that the latter “should be man enough to divulge who really is behind the issuing, preparing and signing the affidavit.”

Lacson said he has sought legal advice but instead of filing a libel case against Huelar, he plans to charge him a case of perjury.

He also said he will prove that he “is not a druggie” by undertaking a drug test.

Lacson admitted that “some of the information about my family made by Huelar are details that the one behind him knows. I am sure that Huelar has no personal knowledge of it,” he added.

Lacson said that he may take up the matter to the attention of Love Negros team as the person behind the accusations is “a political ally.” (Arman P. Toga)

BELOW IS THE VICE GOVERNOR’S OFFICIAL STATEMENT:

Mr. Huelar is currently in jail as a result of a buy-bust operation, and is accused of a non-bailable crime. His affidavit, which falsely accuses me of using drugs based on his “expert opinion” alone, is very irresponsible, utterly false, malicious, and made with impunity. Mr. Huelar clearly committed perjury in executing his affidavit. However, as he is in prison already, he can make such perjurious statements against me and other individuals without any regard for its consequences. Mr. Huelar is a mercenary and a loose canon, and is willing to make unfounded and malicious accusations against me and other public officials. His affidavit is clearly bereft of any details to warrant any belief for any of his statements therein.

I have been in public office since 1986, first as a city councilor of San Carlos, then a Vice-Mayor, Mayor, and finally a Vice-Governor for the Province of Negros Occidental. My public record speaks for itself and vouches for my integrity. Prior to Mr. Huellar’s false and malicious accusations, in my 30 years in public office, I have never been accused of any involvement in illegal drug trade nor in using illegal drugs myself, or of any wrongdoing for that matter.

As to his malicious allegations about my brothers, suffice it to say that they are responsible adults and are not under my keep. However, I assure the public and Mr. Huelar himself, that If I and my family have any knowledge about my brother Manolet’s involvement in the illegal drug trade, we, as a family, will not tolerate such illegal activity as it is against the law. I would like to emphasize though that it is Mr. Huelar who is in jail now for selling drugs, and not my brother Manolet.*

 

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