President Duterte urges local chief executives to support admin thrusts

ILOILO CITY, -- President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte has urged local chief executives to support his administration's priorities during his meeting Wednesday with mayors from various municipalities and cities in the country, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said on Thursday.

Mabilog joined the batch of other mayors from Western, Central and Eastern Visayas and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) when they met with the President in Malacanang.

He said that President Duterte talked about the fight against corruption, criminality and illegal drugs and his advocacy on federalism.

The mayor who was elated for the chance to meet and listen to the President said that it's good news that Western Visayas is not included in the top 10 drug-affected region in the country as announced by Duterte.

Mabilog said that the President showed them the thick list of local officials from governor down to barangay officials who are believed to be involved in illegal drugs.

To recall, in August last year, Western Visayas was criticized for being lax in its campaign against illegal drugs.

To align with the drive of the Duterte administration, Mabilog said that he has coordinated with the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) on appropriate interventions to work on demand and supply reduction in coordination with other concerned agencies.

In today's graduation of 207 former drug dependents, Mabilog announced that the city government will make use of its intelligence fund to be used as bounty for high-value targets or those with arrest warrants.

"Those who have no work, all you have to do is provide information of their whereabouts. Once they get arrested, the cash reward will be yours," he said amid the applause of the graduates. The guidelines are yet to be drafted by the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO).

Mabilog likewise urged them to work with the government in making Iloilo City the first drug-free city in the country. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency