Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez on Friday said there is still no evidence linking slain Los Baños mayor Caesar Perez to the illegal drug trade.
Hernandez even said that Perez had sought his help regarding the slain mayor’s inclusion in President Rodrigo Duterte’s list of officials allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.
“Hindi po siya komportable doon sa status po niya at bilang governor, lumapit po siya sa akin at humihingi ng tulong. Ang `sabi ko naman sa kanya, hintayin natin ang normal na proseso niya at mawawala ka rin naman sa listahan (He was not comfortable with his status and as governor, Perez approached me asking for help. I told him to wait for the normal process for his name to be removed from the list),” Hernandez said in a television interview.
“Ang alam ko ay doon na nga papunta, dahil ang tagal na wala pa ngang nakukuha o lumalabas na direct link or evidence na talagang involved siya. So sabi ko huwag siyang magalala, makiclear na rin siya diyan (I know that is where it is headed, because it has been a long time that there has been no evidence gathered or a direct link revealing his involvement in illegal drugs. So I told him not to worry and that his name will eventually be cleared),” Hernandez added.
The Laguna governor said that if there was evidence linking Perez to the illegal drug trade, it would have surfaced already.
Perez was shot on Thursday night in the Los Baños municipal hall. He took two gunshots to the head and expired in a hospital. The motive for the killing has not yet been established. SOVEREIGNPH