Palace summons ‘narco-mayors’


PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has invited mayors linked to the illegal drug trade to a meeting in Malacañang today, Wednesday.

Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go confirmed this to The Manila Times on Tuesday.

Go, however, did not give details on the agenda of the scheduled meeting. “Yes. No idea what pag-uusapan,” Go told The Times in a text message when asked to confirm if all mayors were asked to go to Malacañang.

Duterte, in a speech in the Palace on Monday, said he wanted to confront mayors named in his final list of government officials involved in drugs, and warned them to resign and stop their drug trade.

“I will call the mayors, I will lock them in so it’s just us. I will really tell them, ‘The list I gave you is this thick. Look for your name there, mayor. If your name is there, son of a bitch, you have a problem,” he said.

“Either you resign or make a clean break of everything, come up with a clean nose and we’ll talk,” the President added.

In a news conference, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte’s statement against the “narco-mayors” was merely his “messaging style to underline his intentions.”

“It’s just meant to underline his seriousness in making sure that nobody is corrupt and involved in criminalities,” he added.

Duterte earlier said the drug list submitted to him by security forces contained the names of about 2,000 mayors, governors, congressmen and barangay (village) chairmen.

Duterte’s drug war has seen the arrest and subsequent killing by the police of the mayor of Albuera town in Leyte, Rolando Espinosa Sr.

About 50 government officials, including mayors, were linked to drugs in Duterte’s initial name-and-shame campaign in August last year. Many turned themselves in to the police but were later freed, as there were no cases against them.

‘Name names’

Rep. Robert Ace Barbers of Surigao del Norte on Tuesday called on the President to name names.

“The President should name the people in his list [of officials involved in the drug trade]. Aside from mayors, vice mayors and vice governors could also be involved,” Barbers, chairman of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs, said.

“Besides, their constituents have the right to know if their leaders are involved with drugs,” he added.
Barbers also urged those guilty not to dismiss the President’s threat.

“They should heed the President’s call or they might suffer the consequences,” he said.
Barbers, however, said the list should be verified.

“The information should be verified, because politics could also play a factor here. The narco-list could also be used by politicians to smear each other,” Barbers added.

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo warned Duterte against threatening to kill “narco-mayors,” saying that only courts could determine the guilt of and penalties for criminals.

“We caution the President in making such pronouncements. We believe in the rule of law and believe that only the courts can decide if mayors in the drug list are guilty or innocent. We hope the President was only exaggerating when he talked of killing mayors included in his drug list,” Robredo said.



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  1. Hay nako Robredo manahimik ka na lng. Kung ganyang klase ang lider ng bansa tulad mo, panigurado paglalaruan ka lng ng mga criminal at narco politicians. Only the courts – JUSKO yung Maguindanao massacre nga upto now wla pang nangyayari, sila jinggoy at bong 3 years na wla pang kahit isang trial sa court. Baliw ka pano kung kakasuhan lahat yang 4 Million drug personalities, president na si Bimby wala pa ding hatol panigurado

  2. Name Names ka dyan, E di malamang 100% dyan mag de-deny na hindi sila sangkot. May tanga nabang umamin na involved sila sa drugs. Very obvious naman kung bakit mayayaman ang mga politico dito sa atin, hind commensurate yung salary nila sa lifestyle nila at mga pamilya nila. Either these local politicians are into drugs or they are corrupt. Kung may legit family business very few yon at mostly front lang nila.

  3. armando flores on

    Why are alleged narco-mayors and politicians engaged in illegal drugs given the chance to reform while mere suspects in the streets are summarily executed?

  4. The mayors are a big piece of the puzzle that can make the PH a safe place for all of us. I applaud DU30 for gathering them together. You can be sure drugs and corruption will be the main topic.

  5. The Great Defiant on

    Mayor Mabilog of Iloilo (cousin of Drilon) is well-known as drug protector.
    Drug lord Melvin “Dragon” Odicta and his wife was killed while Mabilog was in Hongkong for holiday. An Hollywood act if you will.

    Drugs were still rampant in Iloilo (the whole Philippines I supposed) but Mabilog, Drilon and LP’s doesn’t give a darn.

    until a stew-pid mayor from Davao landed in the palace.

    Oy, matang baka Leni…
    what can you expect from narco-judges?
    unless you clean the mess in our midst, you’re inutile and powerless.
    Miss laylayan, you are clueless, really.

  6. This is one of the reasons why PDU30 is tempted to declare martial law, and he should, so he can deal with these powerful people. It seems that all of them are elected government officials and by following the law to get convictions, it would be a waste of time and the government resources will be drained.

    The drug lists that the President has is the product of hard work and I am sure that thousands of man hours were spent on surveillance and some other type of intelligence gathering activities. Politics is out of the equation, dahil hindi naman sa “chismis” or gossip nanggaling yung listahan. This is the reason why the President is so frustrated at times and his frustrations with these narco politicians is getting the best of him.

    If I were the president, I would develop a strategy to “clear my list” by employing highly trained and disciplined soldiers to eliminate whoever on my list, one at a time. There are few more ways for the president to clear his lists by hiring a tactical minded person as his consultant.

  7. Thar she goes. Blowing her head off again. She is good at making papel and ride on the issues of the President whose ioffice she covets. Golly, if I were her husband, I will divorce her. She does not know how to keep quiet and mind her own business. She’s an utter pain in the neck.

  8. emmanuel pagalan on

    it’s wrong to say that President Duterte summoned narco mayors in malacañang and that will be today. all the mayors in the country are invited and this in groups according to schedule. group of mindanao mayors, visayas and in Luzon in different schedules per memo from DILG.

    no exaggeration on the matter please. though drugs is one topic of the discussion, but my guess is Federalism the main topic and i am most grateful if this will push through as i am an advocate of federalism since my youth days. i am already 65 years old and hoping and praying that our country will be federal before my demise.

    this i can say-make our beloved country GREAT again.