- Five Philippine National Police Generals were publicly named by President Duterte for allegedly involving themselves in illegal drug trafficking
- PNP Chief Dela Rosa revealed that 23 more government officials will be named by the President
- The five generals have been monitored since the revelation
After naming five Philippine National Police (PNP) generals who were alleged to be involved in illegal drugs, the tough-talking President Rodrigo Duterte is poised to name at least 23 drug mayors soon.
PNP Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa confirmed this by saying that the President has a list of these local executives. “I can’t reveal their identities, only the President can make public their names,” said Dela Rosa.
The PNP chief said that the President will coordinate with the Department of Interior and Local Governance which is headed by former South Cotabato Governor Mike Seuño to fix this drug issue.
“It’s sad to know that there are mayors who are involved. I hope these mayors are now armed to the fullest for them to fight us,” De la Rosa said daring the mayors to fight if they want to.
He also revealed that he was contacted by some of these drug mayors, and was begged to clear their names to the president, but Dela Rosa clarified that they will treat them like ordinary criminals.
“I don’t care if you’re a mayor or if you get reelected because of your drug money. There will be no special treatment,” said Dela Rosa.
He added that local government officials should be good role models to their constituents.
Meanwhile, the five generals who were publicly named by President Duterte already expressed their denials to the allegations. They said that they’re willing to clear their names to the President.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said that they will monitor the activities of the generals while deciding whether their names will be included in the Bureau of Immigration’s lookout bulletin order (ILBO).
However, BI spokesperson Tonette Bucasas-Mangrobang said that regardless of being included in the Bulletin order, the bureau is already implementing “strict departure protocols.” -CD, Kami Media