"Huwag nila ako idamay sa circus nila."
Ito ang naging pahayag ng aktor at ngayon ay Ormoc City mayor na si Richard Gomez matapos madawit ang kanyang pangalan at iba pa sa patuloy na investigation ng Criminal investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 na namuno sa raid ng selda ni Abuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. kung saan ito ay napatay.
Sa patuloy na imbestigasyon ng CIDG at ng Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs at Justice and Human Rights ngayong Araw (November 10) hayagang pinangalanan at isinangkot ni Chief inspector Leo Laraga ang mga high-ranking government officials sa Leyte na kabilang diumano sa drug group ni Espinosa, at kabilang si Goma sa mga umano’y dawit at protector ng mga taong involved sa ilegal na droga sa bayan ng Leyte.
Samantala dumepensa naman si Mayor Richard Gomez sa issue sa pamamagitan ng maikling text message na ipinadala niya sa Push.com.ph.
"That is ridiculous and outright laughable. I will not even dignify that with an answer. Huwag nila ako isama sa circusnila."
Sa ngayon hangad ni Goma ang tama at malinis na proseso ng pag iimbistiga sa kaso.
UPDATE: Nagrelease na din si Mayor Gomez ng kanyang opisyal na pahayag tungkol sa isyu:
"I have been an anti-drug advocate all my life. I spearheaded a massive anti-drug campaign back in the 90's, way before it became a fad, before most everyone wanted to join the bandwagon. I am sorry to disappoint my political opponents but I have never been and I will never be involved in drugs and no one can pin me down on an accusation so baseless and ridiculous it is almost laughable. In fact, I ran on a very strong anti-drug platform, which the constituency resonated with, and which got me elected as Mayor of ORMOC City, a place so infected by drugs for many years. I also openly supported President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the 2016 elections precisely because of his strong and serious stance on drugs. To fight drugs and bring change is the reason I ran, and because the people saw how serious I was about it is the reason I won. Do not drag me into this circus, I was never part of it. I will never be part of it. I urge the legislators to dig deeper into this. Someone is trying to muddle the issue.
"I have asked my lawyers to file a case against Major Jovie Espenido, a cop beholden to my political opponents, who has attempted many times to besmirch my name. It is unfortunate that he was assigned to Albuera, Leyte, giving him control over the late Mayor Ealinosa, whom i am sure he prevailed upon to impute my character and those of other equally innocent officials."