Cebuano singer denies involvement in illegal drug trade

By: Ador Vincent S. Mayol July 13,2016 - 11:46 PM

Cebuano singer Jay-r Siaboc on Wednesday admitted he was into illegal drugs since 2013.

But he said he never peddled drugs contrary to what some reports stated.

As a singer, Siaboc said he could not help but resort to illegal drugs to manage stress.

“Pero niundang nako bag-o lang. (But I stopped using drugs just recently),” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN Cebu.

Siaboc said he went to the Toledo City Police Station Tuesday evening to clear his name amid allegations that he was peddling drugs.

“The only profession I know is to sing and if they accuse me of using drugs, who else will believe me?,” he said.

Her wife Trisha May lashed at people who judged Siaboc.

In her Facebook post, Trisha May Varga clarified that Siaboc went to the Toledo City Police Office last Tuesday “to clear up his name, not to surrender” contrary to claims made by the police.

“We are not involve in any illegal transaction (never in our life). We live in a descent way and we are raised well by our parents. This is just another challege in our life, and we wont just turn our back. We will fight for God knows, and the Truth will prevail!,” she said.

To prove that she’s telling the truth, Varga said her family is willing to submit themselves to the police for an investigation.

“We would be much happier if the authority will conduct an investigation. You are so welcome. Our life is an open book,” she added.

Varga called on the public not to immediately judge Siaboc solely based on news reports.

“We are living a simple and peaceful life even if there are times nga magkalisud mi pero wala gyud tawn mi ana inyung gi post oi. (We are living a simple and peaceful life. (Even if there are times when we encounter difficulties, we will never resort to illegal drugs,” she said.

Contrary to the report of the police chief of Toledo City, Varga said she was not with Jay-R when the latter went to the police office to clear his name.

Ayaw mo patalag yawit kay naa mi pàmilya nga naapil og kabalaka for our safety ana inyung giingon nga ipaligpit. Tanang kaila namu kahibaw og unsa mi, and GOD knows, pagkanta-kanta ra ang gabuhi namu. Na-datu na unta mi ron,” her post read.

(Be careful of what you accused Jay-R of because we, his family, has been concerned of our safety. All those who know us can attest that I’m telling the truth. God knows that we earn a living only by singing. If we’re into drugs, we should have been rich by now)

Supt. Samuel Mina Jr., acting chief of the Toledo City Police Office (TCPO), on Wednesday told reporters that Jay-r Siaboc surrendered to the police in Toledo City, western Cebu, out of fear for his life after rumors spread on social media that he was a drug pusher.

Siaboc, 29, also reportedly wanted to change his life for the better.

Mina said Siaboc, who was runner up in the Pinoy Dream Academy (PDA) in 2006, was one of the 528 drug suspects who surrendered to the police in Toledo on Tuesday.

Mina said that Siaboc was accompanied by his wife and his cousin when he went to his office about 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

He said he talked to Siaboc who admitted using drugs with his wife but denied that he was selling the illegal substance.

“He confessed that he’s been using drugs but not a peddler,” Mina told the Inquirer over the phone.

Siaboc was subjected for tactical interrogation where he told the police that he got his supply from his friends in Barangay Awihao whom he did not name.

Siaboc also signed a waiver and would be monitored by the police.

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