Duterte revealed it was Ashley Abad who possessed the ecstasy

On Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that it was 19-year-old Ashley Abad who possessed the party drug ecstasy and died after collapsing during a Sinulog party.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Ashley Abad / Composite photos from Inquirer and Facebook

The president made the revelation in a speech delivered at Palace's Rizal Hall, as he vowed to be "harsher" in stamping out illegal drugs "in the days to come." 

He also issued the remark more than two weeks after he met with Abad's parents at MalacaƱan Palace.

"Nag-reklamo sila, they want justice. Pero nakita nila, na-recover ng forensics examination pati ‘yung... She was the one who was actually texting another girl na maghati sila doon kasi ‘yung isa, reserba niya para sa kanyang boyfriend, ‘yung missing until now," the President said.

"And to make a long shot guess na galing sa boyfriend, eh siya ‘yung may hawak eh. Siya nga nagsabi doon sa text, para ito sa boyfriend niya. So hindi ma-ano sa nanay pati tatay na...," he added.

The President admitted that he had wanted to "cry" because of Abad's death.

"I wanted to cry with them, not because na sentimental ako by the profound sorrow ng... May anak rin ako eh. Iyan ang problema...," he said.

Abad attended the popular Sinulog party called Plus63. The Plus63 is an annual music and arts festival held during the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City. 

The party was held at Cebu Business Park and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) – Central Visayas said that policemen and soldiers were dispatched in the venue in order to secure the area.


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