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Palace explains why DDB chief was axed

  • Written by Efren Montano
  • Published in Top Stories
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FOR accepting a house from Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and going on extravagant trips abroad
with his mistress, President Rodrigo Duterte let go and fired former Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chief
Dionisio Santiago.

This was according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in his regular Palace briefing.
    
Santiago was axed not only for his public statements against the mega drug rehab facility in
Nueva Ecija but he had also been accused of receiving gifts and favors from drug lords, including
Parojinog.
    
Parojinog was killed during a police anti-drug raid last July. He was among the local
executives on President Duterte’s list of top drug suspects.
    
“He was also being let go because of complaints that General Santiago was using taxpayers’
money for junkets abroad… In addition to bringing family members, Santiago brought six of his closest
personnel, including a ‘girl Friday’,” said Roque.
    
The complaint against Santiago’s alleged junketing was dated October 25 and was filed by DDB
staff.
    
Santiago supposedly took trips to Vienna, Austria and the United States in his capacity as DDB
chief.
    
The US trip supposedly took place around September. In both trips, he brought along his
“mistress” and “selected DDB employees,” the complaint alleged.
    
Efforts to get a reaction from Santiago proved futile.