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× Duterte believes Espenido ‘clean,’ involvement in illegal drugs ‘untrue’ – Panelo

MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte believes Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido is "clean," while allegations of his involvement in the illegal drug trade are "untrue," Malacaang said Friday.

In a statement, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo downplayed the inclusion of Espenido in the PNP's narcolist as just "black propaganda" against the president's trusted cop.

"President Rodrigo Roa Duterte…