MANILA, Philippines — Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno has been arrested again this morning by the Manila Police District (MPD) for alleged drug possession, only days after he and 5 councilors were arrested for illegal gambling.
MPD station 3 commander Supt. Richard Bayug along with his men, arrested Moreno or Francisco Domagoso in real life during a scheduled medical mission here in Hermosa St., Tondo after they received reports that he was peddling illegal drugs to both adults and minors.
“’Yung violation of RA9165 o Dangerous Drugs Act ng 2002, dahil namimigay sila ng gamot doon ng walang kaukulang permiso, lalo na kay Mayor (In violation of RA9165 or Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, because they were distributing drugs there without securing the necessary permit, especially from the Mayor),” Bayug told SWN.
Moreno is currently detained again by the MPD in a holding room and was visited immediately by former President Joseph Estrada to check on his running-mate in the 2013 elections.
Moreno described the incident as another form of political harassment and told reporters that what they were doing was legal and humanitarian.
“Last year pa pong nakaschedule itong medical mission namin na layuning maalagaan ang mga mamayanan ng Manila (We already had this medical mission scheduled last year, and aims to care for the citizens of Manila),” narrates Moreno.
According to the Vice Mayor, they were in the process of handing out paracetamols, cough syrups and cold medicines to the poor when policemen from MPD station 3 swooped in and arrested him, confiscating the medicines in the process as “evidence”.
“Ang ganda ng timing. Lunes. Para bad publicity at balitang-balita na negative agad kami sa unang araw palang ng linggo. Eh kung kayo mag-iisip, talagang harassment na,” he said. “Dinakma pa nga kami eh, literally by force.
Moreno reiterated that there was nothing illegal in their activity, and it is the Mayor that is making it all illegal.
“O nasa harap ako ng kwan, ng computer ko nun noong nangyari and pangaaresto,” said Lim. “Kakagising ko nga lang at magtwitweet palang ako ng good morning sa mga followers ko.”
“Pero kung akala niya na Vice Mayor siya eh above the law siya, syempre ‘pag lumabag ka sa batas, aaksyunan ng pulis. Unang una yung gamot bawal ‘un eh, kaya dapat bigyan ng komendasyon yung mga pulis na ginampanan ang kanilang tungkulin.”
Stay tuned to SWN for further developments.