President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Visayas Island Cluster Conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City on August 21, 2018. | PCOO/Richard Madelo
CEBU, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte encouraged over 200 mayors of Cebu to report directly to him or to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) all drug problems within their jurisdiction.
The President specifically emphasized the drug menace in the country, especially in Cebu province.
“Itong Talisay. Mauubos kayo diyan ng paunti-unti. Pulis ninyo dito sa Cebu mga adik. Halos lahat pati ang inyong mga opisyal. Maging ang inyong PDEA imbes pataas ang ranggo, yun pa ang distributor,” President Duterte said.
The President also warned local executives not to get involved in corruption and in any kind of illegal activity.
He assured them that by doing their duty faithfully, he will support and defend them if criticisms arise.
“You have to improve on your performance as mayor. You are the president there or representing me as president of your own republic. So you have to enforce the law against all. You avoid corruption because if it reaches the DILG and the recommendation, I cannot help you. But if you do your duty tapos magkaroon kayo ng kaso just like the police, I will support and defend you.” President Duterte said.
Once again, the President emphasized his objection to building a new casino in the country.
“I will not allow gambling. I am not issuing any franchise for gambling in the entire Philippines…I hate gambling. Ang nandyan na dito you enjoy it because you will not have it in other places. No more gambling” President Duterte said. – Bernard Dadis / UNTV News and Rescue