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