VM Diamante denies smuggling allegations

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INCOMING Tuburan Mayor Democrito “Aljun” Diamante is willing to face investigation regarding his alleged involvement in the illegal shipment of agricultural products from Cebu ports to other points in the country such as Subic in Zambales, and Davao and Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao.

This after the name “Jun Diamante” surfaced in an intelligence report of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency that was submitted to Senate President Vicente Sotto III following the agency’s investigation into a list of 20 agricultural “smugglers” and their “protectors” in government.

Diamante said while he owns a logistics company with multinational companies as some of their clients, his son has been in charge of it since he became mayor of the town in 2003.

The outgoing vice mayor of Tuburan said he was first implicated in a similar allegation in 2017 but he was not summoned to any congressional hearing.

“Wala man, wala man gyud ta mapatawag ana...unya moingon sila nga involved ta sa smuggling. Dili ko molimod ana nga naa koy logistics company nga nag-handle og mga dagkong kompaniya nga nag-handle sa shipping, sa trucking apan gi-manage na sa akong anak (I was never called for any hearing and then they will say that we are engaged in smuggling. I will not deny that I have a logistics company handling big companies that are handling shipping, trucking but that is managed by my child),” he said.

Diamante said on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, that he was offended by the reinclusion of his family name in the list.

“Para nako grabe gyud ang pagpakauwaw nga ilang gibuhat sa akoa...kana iyang allegation kay gipang-involved, gipang-implicate ang mga tawo nga sama nako nga nagtarong pagserbisyo sa lungsod ug nanginabuhi sa tarong (They are causing me so much humiliation, that allegation involving and implicating people like me who are serving the town well and earning a decent living),” he added.

Diamante said the shipments of agricultural products done by his logistics company have followed certain legal procedures.

“This is crazy but as I have said, let them present sure evidence of their claims that I am involved. There are so many Senate inquiries that end up ruining people’s names and nothing comes out of it. They’re all (fishing) expeditions in aid of legislation. But we wonder why these things come out only now when they are about leave office,” Diamante said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

Diamante said he is willing to open the company’s book and records to show proof that there had been no irregularities involved in their family’s business operations.

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