Sebastian “Baste” Duterte took to Instagram to address speculation that he and Ellen Adarna were smoking marijuana in a recent viral video.
The presidential son brushed off the allegation by posting a photo of himself smoking his electronic cigarette—commonly known as vape.
In his Instagram post last night, February 25, Baste’s short caption read:
“Ingon nila marijuana pud daw ni”
(Sabi nila marijuana rin daw ito)
In a separate Facebook post, Baste jokingly wrote that the news article about his and Ellen’s “sabog na sabog” viral video is making him “sikat,” and may just bring him “endorsements.”
This was in relation to the video that Ellen posted on her Instagram last January 24.
On February 21, the video was reposted on YouTube, with the title, “ELLEN ADARNA AND BASTE DUTERTE: SABOG NA SABOG.”
Under Republic Act 9165 or the Act Instituting The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, cannabis—commonly known as marijuana or weed—is included in the list of illegal drugs in the Philippines.
ELLEN'S STATEMENT. Ellen, for her part, was the first one who quashed speculation that she and Baste were allegedly high on weed in their viral video.
In an official statement exclusively sent to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last Friday, February 24, Ellen said:
“I wouldn’t post it online if it was weed. Hahaha. Sino bang tanga gagawa n’yan?
“Not unless ma-legalize na medicinal weed. Lol.
“Anak pa cya ni digong hajahajaj"
Ellen also explained that Baste was merely using an IQOS, which is a smokeless electronic cigarette made in Japan.