Manila Bulletin

Leyte town mayor’s ‘all-out war’

- By NESTOR L. ABREMATEA Elections · Narcotic Drugs · Society · Leyte · Leyte · Rodrigo Duterte · Philippines · Visayas · Baguio City · Baguio · Samar

DAGAMI, Leyte – Dagami Mayor Abun­dio I. Del­lusa is wag­ing war against all il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in his town.

Del­lusa said the cam­paign was launched af­ter he met with Pres­i­dent Duterte in Malacañang last month.

A re­tired po­lice of­fi­cial be­fore he ran for pub­lic of­fice, Del­lusa said the mu­nic­i­pal may­ors from the Visayas and Min­danao promised the Pres­i­dent to help him crack down on all forms of il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Help­ing the mayor in cam­paign is the town’s new po­lice chief, In­spec­tor Ar­nel Ta­mayo, who as­sumed his post last week from Sr. In­spec­tor Eriprando Castilo.

Del­lusa said Ta­mayo, who hails from Baguio City, will help him in the fight against il­le­gal drugs, il­le­gal gam­bling and il­le­gal log­ging.

Al­ready, Del­lusa has asked for the res­ig­na­tion of the barangay chair­man of Cansamada West for fail­ing to stamp out drug traf­fick­ing in his barangay.

He also de­nied cod­dling il­le­gal log­gers in the town, say­ing it was a po­lit­i­cal is­sue raised by his op­po­nents dur­ing the last elec­tions. Del­lusa was re-elected to a sec­ond term.

Del­lusa said that af­ter Su­per Typhoon Yolanda struck Leyte and Sa­mar, he helped in the cut­ting of fallen co­conut trees in Dagami and his po­lit­i­cal foes cap­i­tal­ized on it and ac­cused him of il­le­gal log­ging.

Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (CENRO) Of­fi­cer Manuel Fer­reras cleared Del­lusa, say­ing the mayor even helped the agency in run­ning af­ter il­le­gal lum­ber cut­ters in the moun­tains of Dagami.

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