Jeffrey Celiz, who was recently named President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the political personalities allegedly involved in illegal drugs trade, criticized the president for identifying him as a congressman, Party-list representative, Panay Chapter. He also categorically denied the president’s allegations, noting that because of this, his life is now in danger.
“It is very obvious that the information being fed to the President is unverified and short of being a rumor-mongering style. Because of this raw and unverified information which the President made as a public pronouncement, my life and that of my family are now in grave and serious danger,”Jeffrey Celiz said in a statement, Sunday afternoon via Inquirer.
Celiz’ sarcastic reaction comes less than 24 hours after President Duterte read a list of 158 names of so-called narco-politicians and narco-cops, including seven judges, incumbent and former mayors and vice mayors, congressmen, active and retired military and PNP officials. Earlier, one of the judges has been confirmed dead since January 2008.
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It turned out that Jeffrey Celiz was never a legislator. Instead, he served as political consultant, spokesperson and executive assistant of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, who is a close relative of Senator Franklin Drilon and was named by President Duterte as narco-mayors. The mayor has also denied the accusation, and is ready to be investigated.
In addition, Celiz noted that he has never held any position in the Iloilo City local government and elsewhere since February this year. However, he admitted that he was once accused as involved in illegal drugs when his name allegedly appeared in a log book of a gun club firing range, also in Iloilo City. He also denied the accusations.
Nevertheless, we learned that Celiz was once a spokesperson of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan in Panay, and was expelled from the CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines) before he served Mayor Mabilog. As of posting, Malacanang has not yet issued its official statement on the two errors on the list of names given to the president.