BACOLOD City – Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan of La Castellana, Negros Occ. said Mar. 19, 2017 that her brother, who is also a town councilor, has been cleared of any links to the illegal drug trade.
Mangilimutan’s brother, Councilor Alberto “White” Nicor III, was included in the “narco-list” of public officials subjected to surveillance by police authorities in Negros Occ. in connection under Operation Tokhang of the PNP.
Mangilimutan said she personally took her brother to all the government agencies concerned with the anti-illegal drugs operation to clear his name.
She pointed out that she does not believe that her brother is involved in the illegal drug trade.
Mangilimutan, who succeeded her father as mayor, said her brother’s lifestyle will indicate if he is a top personality in the illegal drug trade.
She pointed out that she continues to help her brother in his financial needs.
“How could he be a financier of the illegal drug trade when he doesn’t even own a house of his own and could not even pay the amortization of his motorcycle?” Mangilimutan said.
A former police officer herself, Mangilimutan said personally warned her brother from engaging in illegal drugs.
“I told him that I will be the one to shoot him if I found out that he is engaged in illegal drugs,” she said.
The lady mayor said she has asked the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the PNP to validate their information on her brother.
Mangilimutan said after a series of validation, her brother was cleared of any link to illegal drugs.
She added that she has also approached suspected drug personalities in their town and asked them to stop.
But she said she is not one who would go for executing drug suspects.
“I still believe in due process,” Mangilimutan said.