Palace: Duterte’s meeting with may­ors‘very con­fi­den­tial’

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A PALACE of­fi­cial con­firmed Thurs­day that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte had raised his con­cern over il­le­gal drugs dur­ing his closed­door meeting with over 1,000 may­ors in Mala­cañang last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­re­tary Martin Andanar, in a ra­dio in­ter­view, said the Pres­i­dent had a “heart-to-heart”talk with may­ors, who came in batches on­board shut­tle buses pro­vided by Mala­cañang.

“What I can tell you, it was a heart-to-heart talk be­tween the Pres­i­dent and the may­ors,” Andanar said.

“It was am­pli­fy­ing the mes­sage and the pol­icy of the Pres­i­dent on the il­le­gal drugs. We all know that is the pri­or­ity pol­icy of the Pres­i­dent,” he added.

Andanar, how­ever, could not elab­o­rate what had been dis­cussed as it was “highly con­fi­den­tial” be­tween Duterte and the may­ors.

He merely de­scribed the Pres­i­dent’s meeting with may­ors as “very in­ti­mate.” “It was a closed-door meeting and the Pres­i­dent just wanted to talk to the may­ors. He wanted to talk to them in a very in­ti­mate man­ner,” Andanar said.

Mala­cañang did not pro­vide an ad­vi­sory to re­porters re­gard­ing the sched­uled meeting.

On Wed­nes­day, au­thor­i­ties were seen pa­trolling around Mala­cañang grounds as bus­loads of may­ors were go­ing in and out of the Palace.

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