3 narco-mayors surrender to ‘Bato’

    BEATING THE HEAT Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa (right) presents to the media two of three Mindanao politicians linked to illegal drugs. Maguing, Lanao del Sur Mayor Mamaulan Abinal Molok (left) and Ali Abinal (center), former mayor of Marantao town also in Lanao de Sur, surrendered hours after the President gave a ‘shoot on sight’ order to authorities hunting down 27 ‘narco-politicians.’

    BEATING THE HEAT Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa (right) presents to the media two of three Mindanao politicians linked to illegal drugs. Maguing, Lanao del Sur Mayor Mamaulan Abinal Molok (left) and Ali Abinal (center), former mayor of Marantao town also in Lanao de Sur, surrendered hours after the President gave a ‘shoot on sight’ order to authorities hunting down 27 ‘narco-politicians.’

    THREE POLITICIANS from Lanao del Sur surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame on Friday, just hours after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered law enforcers to “shoot on sight” local government officials involved in illegal drugs.

    The PNP chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, told reporters Mayor Mamaulan Abinal Molok of Maguing town and former mayor Ali Abinal of Marantao town had received information that they were on Duterte’s list of 27 “narco-politicians.”

    Molok and Abinal spoke to reporters, vowing to change their ways and help in the government’s fight against illegal drugs.

    “They want to start anew and help the war against illegal drugs. Why run if you can help? They were really involved in illegal drugs, that is why they surrendered. They admitted it,” de la Rosa said.

    The two operated under a certain “Marimar” and distributed narcotics in Quiapo, Manila, Caloocan and Cavite from 2000 to 2002, de la Rosa said.

    But they denied that they were involved in the drug trade in their respective municipalities in Lanao del Sur.

    The two were immediately brought to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

    Mayor Rasul Sangki of Ampatuan, Maguindanao later surrendered to the CIDG and gave a statement.

    De la Rosa said Sangki was expected to surrender together with Molok and Abinal, but got stuck in traffic in Guadalupe, Makati.

    Earlier this week, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Ronaldo Espinosa surrendered to the PNP, beating the shoot-on-sight order issued by President Duterte.

    Mayor Espinosa acknowledged that his son Kerwin was involved in illegal drugs and was getting banned substances from Peter Co, a top drug lord who is jailed at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

    A shoot-on-sight order remains in place for the younger Espinosa after he failed to surrender to the authorities within the 24-hour deadline given by Duterte on Monday.

    De la Rosa said he would evict Mayor Espinosa and his wife, who are staying at the “White House,” the official residence of the PNP chief.

    The Espisosas, he said, were heavy smokers. Moreover, Kerwin has yet to turn himself in despite repeated appeals.

    No names

    President Duterte was expected to name the 27 narco-politicians on Friday, but did not do so in his speeches in Davao City and Capiz.

    In a statement, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte’s shoot-on-sight order was “congruent” with his policy of maintaining peace and order in the country.

    However, Abella clarified that shoot-on-sight would only happen in case the narco-politicians resist arrest by authorities.

    “He has given due and ample notice that the clear and present danger of drugs engulfing the nation will be addressed and law enforcers will neutralize those who resist or endanger the lives of arresting officers,” Abella said.

    In Davao City, Duterte said he would answer for government forces involved in shooting incidents in compliance with his order.

    “For as long as it is done in the performance of the duty by the police and soldiers, that’s my responsibility, that is my official and personal guarantee,” the President said.

    “If there are police involved in an encounter, do not investigate them anymore, that is my order,” he added.


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    1. As the days gone by and unveiling the truth…I can simply tell anyone and frankly: to fight against drugs involving high profile politicians, police, military and foreigners NO one in this world can stand straight, NO one is strong enough to face the music, he simply step back and do the talking(incl. me)…..we have no courage to go out and fight back simply because we are weak, so very weak. This is not an easy fight, it is brutal, dangerous and there is no rules and order to this war, totally different world…..world of fanatics and paranoid……like in mad max movies…..drugs and guns is the name games….then you’ll ask for due process….you’ve been sleeping all night…..those all corners of these country has been flooded and surrounded by sea of drugs….we simply give the gov’t support to achieve peace and order…if I could recall, we always think every time a new election…a new gov’t is changing hand of corruption and inept….haven’t think in our life a new president with all the courage and NO fear and now has transformed the real changes of Filipino’s life….later for sure comes the economic gains and everyone will be benefited….I can simply have my prayers… those days will be coming soon.

    2. ben victoria on

      Those people involve on drug trade are worse than satan victimising men, women and children who in turn victimises others when high on drugs. This goes on like domino effect that’s why so many are involved and spread like cancer. What the Pres. is doing make sense, why waste government money defending drug traders who have millions to bribe dirty judges. Drug related and other cases are intensionally delayed until money is passed around. So this is one area to look into grossly delayed cases, whatever happened to “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.”Simple “open and close” cases like libel should be wrapped up in a year or less, otherwise investigate the judges. Nuke the cancer and go forward.

    3. I still vividly remember when I was in the US in the mid 70’s when a American who was a friend of my brother told me ” Is it true that there are 5) Million Cowards in the Philippines and ONE SON OF A BITCH “, the two mayors who were a drug lord now is a proof of what this American said.
      Gen. Bato, these mayors might only want to stay in the White House with free board and lodging complete with security. Just wait for many more mayors, governors and even politicians to surrender after you allowed Mayor Espinosa and wife to your white house.

    4. After the grassroot level now comes the midlevel pushers and user surrendering. Dapat may “sampolan” na isang mayor para mas marami sumurender!

    5. This lanao mayors should be charged. They already confessed and should be arrested upon surrendering. They sold drugs in manila and not in their municipalities. Why? Because they want to poison Christians?

      • Jose Espiritu on

        such a lame remark. if no one will buy, it will not thrive. since you singled out Christians, it means the faith of those are weak to buy illegal substance than say Buddhists or Muslims? And generally implying that the Christians in the Philippines are very easily tempted. Better convert to Buddhism or Islam so that they won’t buy drugs. pfff!