Celestes pass drug tests, no shabu found in properties
BOLINAO – First District Representative Jesus Celeste and his three brothers who are all local officials, tested negative of illegal drugs after undergoing on-the- spot drug tests by the police on Wednesday.
Celeste said the drug test was done during an inspection and investigation conducted by the Pangasinan Provincial Police, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and other concerned agencies, on his properties in Bolinao town.
His brothers are Alaminos City Mayor Arthur: Bolinao Mayor Noli Celeste and Bolinao Vice Mayor Alfonso Celeste.
“I requested them to come over to be investigated and be tested, too, so the truth would come out,” Congressman Celeste said through his mobile phone.
He said he requested, through a letter dated August 25, the Pangasinan police to inspect his properties in efforts to clear his name after he was included in President Duterte’s narco politicians.
“The police gave me a list of the agencies which will come for the inspection, and then told me on Tuesday that they were coming on Wednesday so I returned from Manila,” he said.
The inter-agency tast force, which brought along a K-9 sniffing dog, searched the El Pescador Resort, Celeste’s old house in the town proper, his office in Daloy-daloy village and his gasoline station in Germinal village, all in Bolinao.
“They told me they will inspect all my properties so I pointed to them the properties. I even told them I had a lot in Santiago Island but they said they won’t go there anymore,” he said.
The authorities found no illegal substances in the properties.
The team members got samples of water, soil, waste materials and even wastes from the septic tanks for laboratory tests for drugs. They also interviewed Celeste’s family members and workers of the resort.
Celeste said he earlier reported to the PDEA to submit documents showing that his supposed drug links were all black propaganda that started when his brother ran for Congress in 2001.
“I gave a copy of an alleged confidential PDEA document showing our names as being drug personalities. It was supposed to be the basis of a news article published by the Inquirer. They told me that they will have the document investigated, saying since the document was marked confidential, it should not be published,” he said.
Celeste said he will just wait for the results of the investigations on his properties, saying the situation was “difficult” because “it is the government that accuses us. But our conscience are clear.”
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