January 12, 2017 12:25 AM
By: Louine Hope Conserva
MORE local officials and law enforcers are included in the second list of personalities with alleged links to the illegal drug trade.
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte presented the list during his meeting with all municipal and city mayors at Malacañan Palace, Jan. 11, 2017.
Mayor Jett Rojas of Ajuy, Iloilo said Duterte only presented the list but did not announce or mention the names contained therein.
“The undersecretary of DILG was there who has the list of barangay captains, mayors, governors and police involved in illegal drugs. Ginbayaw lang sang president ang lista pero wala niya ginlawag ang mga pangalan,” he said.
In his speech at the Palace on Jan. 9, Duterte said he will call the mayors to show them his thick drug list.
Rojas said it was some sort of a warning to officials who are still engaged in the illegal drug trade.
“Delikado na kay karon kun mayor ka kag ga-negosyo ka sang illegal drugs ti indi na pwede,” he said.
Duterte also emphasized the administration’s relentless programs in curbing the spread of illegal drugs.
“He presented the statistics and the current situation on the drug war. The president also emphasized his love for young Filipinos and that he does not want their future to be tainted because of illegal drugs. He also sought our support in the campaign,” he said.
“He also assured his support for the mayors and the police as long as we give our 100 percent effort in the campaign,” he added.
Mayor Salagunting Betita of Carles pledged his support in the anti-drug campaign.
Betita is among the five Iloilo mayors in the first Duterte list of suspected illegal drug trade protectors.
The other four are Alex Centena of Calinog, Mariano Malones of Maasin, and Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City.
All of them denied the president’s allegations.
“He told the mayors that if you continue to support or shield drugs, you will be in trouble,” he said.
Rojas said there was no special mention of Iloilo.
Betita said their meeting yesterday was more on pleasantries.
Rojas said the president also oriented them of the direction of his governance in 2017.
The Visayas mayors were among the first of three batches of mayors who met the president at past 2 p.m. yesterday. The meeting lasted for more than an hour.