Palace: Duterte or­ders all may­ors na­tion­wide to go to Mala­cañang

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PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte sum­moned may­ors from all over the coun­try to ap­pear at Mala­cañang to­day, Wed­nes­day, a Palace of­fi­cial said on Tues­day.

“All [may­ors have been in­vited] ,” Duterte’s spe­cial as­sis­tant Christo­pher “Bong” Go told Sun.Star, when asked to con­firm if all may­ors have been asked to go to Mala­cañang on Wed­nes­day.

Go, how­ever, re­fused to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails, when pressed fur­ther if the in­vi­ta­tion to them was de­vel­oped fol­low­ing the Pres­i­dent’s re­mark that his next move on his anti-drug ef­forts was to have a one-on-one meet­ing with the may­ors and let them look for them­selves if they are in­cluded in the drug list.

In a speech de­liv­ered at the Palace on Mon­day, the Pres­i­dent re­vealed his plan to have an

ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing with the may­ors to show them his “thick” drug list.

Duterte said he would not hes­i­tate to kill them, if he is able to prove that they are con­nected to il­le­gal drug sal e.

“I will call the mayor, lock them in. It will only be us and I will re­ally tell them, ‘You know, I have a thick [drug list], find your name, mayor. Son of a b **** , if your name is there, you have a prob­lem, I will re­ally kill you,” Duterte said.

“Ei­ther you re­sign or make a clean breast of ev­ery­thing, come up with a clean nose and we’ll talk... I tell you, do not fool me. I will de­prive you of the su­per­vi­sory pow­ers over the po­lice. Sec­ond, I will get rid of your se­cu­rity,” he added.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Ernesto Abella said Duterte’s pro­nounce­ment against the may­ors linked to drugs was merely his “mes­sag­ing style to un­der­line his i n t ent i ons.”

“Again, it is to say mat­ter of the lead­er­ship style and mes­sag­ing style of the Pres­i­dent. How­ever, it’s just meant to un­der­line his se­ri­ous­ness in mak­ing sure that no­body is cor­rupt and in­volved in crim­i­nal­i­ties,” the pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son said in a chance in­ter­view.

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