LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- Board Member Raul Sison denied any involvement in illegal drugs and to any link with Senator Leila de Lima.
In a press conference yesterday, Sison strongly denied the allegations after his name appeared in the New Bilibid Prisons drug matrix revealed by President Rodrigo Duterte.Controlling his emotion as manifested by his cracking voice, he stated: “Mga mahal kong kababayan, nais ko pong ipahayag sa inyo na wala po akong kinalaman tungkol sa operasyon ng bentahan ng droga at kailanman ay hindi po ako nakinabang sa protection money galing sa droga.”
He said he earns his living as kasador or llamador (or bet manager) at big cockfight derbies, even in world slashers held in the Philippines.
“I am the best kasador/llamador in the country, my service is sought, and I can earn a million in one day sa trabaho ko na ito,” he said matter-of-factly, explaining his main source of income.
Sison and his wife were in the US to attend a cousin’s wedding when the drug matrix came out. He said he was eating lunch when his son, Urbiztondo Mayor Martin Raul Sison II, called him up and told him his name appeared in the drug matrix.
“Ako, ang aking buong pamilya at angkan ay na-mangha, nabahala, nalungkot at nasaktan dahil hindi po namin sukat akalain na maisangkot ang pangalan ko sa diumano’y NBP drug matrix,” he said.
Sison said he is willing to submit himself to a DNA test to prove that he never used illegal drugs.
He said he will submit himself to acting police director Senio Supt. Ronald Lee, to the PNP regional director and to PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa.
He admitted his closeness to former governor and now fifth district Rep. Amado Espino Jr., saying he is a dear friend and is like a father to him.
That indeed Ronnie Palisoc Dayan is a distant relative, and hails from the same barangay, but he does not have any link with him other than when they see each other at the cockpit as Dayan is a sabungero.
He suspects that a politician in the province is behind the inclusion of their names in the NBP drug matrix.