Duterte gives Mal­abon mayor 1 month to end drug prob­lem

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

PRES­I­DENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tues­day, April 2, ve­he­mently warned Mal­abon Mayor An­tonin Oreta III that there is only a month for the lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive to ad­dress the pro­lif­er­a­tion of il­le­gal drugs in the city.

In a speech de­liv- ad­dress the ram­pant ered in Mal­abon nar­cotics trade City, Duterte cau- within his ju­ris­dic­tion. tioned pos­si­ble ar- rest of Oreta, in case "Gan­ito ang the lat­ter fails to Mal­abon ngayon, it's

your choice. Pinili ninyo eh. Droga, pinili ninyo. Diyan, sabi­hin ko, mayor, lin­isin mo ang Mal­abon mo. Bi­gyan kita ng isang buwan," he said dur­ing the cam­paign sor­tie of the Par­tido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-La­ban) cam­paign rally.

(The prob­lem in Mal­abon now is it's your choice. You chose it. Drugs, you chose it. So I'll tell the Mayor, clean up Mal­abon. I'll give you one month.)

"Pag-hindi, sabi­hin ko kay Ricky (Mal­abon Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Fed­erico San­doval), sorry na lang ha. Ipa-huli ko mayor ninyo. Itapon na lang sa Manila Bay (If you fail, I'll tell Ricky, sorry but I'll have your mayor ar­rested. Throw him at the Manila Bay)," the Pres­i­dent added.

Oreta is eye­ing a re-elec­tion for his fi­nal term as mayor in the May 13, 2019 elec­tions un­der the ticket of for­mer rul­ing Lib­eral Party. He is run­ning against San­doval's wife, Jean­nie.

Mean­time, the San­doval cou­ple is run­ning un­der the PDP-La­ban.

Duterte's stern warn­ing came, as he lamented that some may­ors and con­gress­men in Lu­zon are in­volved in il­le­gal drugs.

The Pres­i­dent, nev­er­the­less, re­it­er­ated his pledge to com­bat il­le­gal drugs dur­ing his three re­main­ing years in of­fice. "Dito sa Lu­zon ang tama ng droga dahil pera nga. Puma­pa­sok na la­hat pati 'yung con­gress­man, 'yung mayor (Lu­zon is in­fested with il­le­gal drugs be­cause of money. Many, in­clud­ing con­gress­men and may­ors, are in­volved in it)," he said.

"May three years ako. Nan­gako ako, uubusin ko kayo. Para na lang sa bayan ko. Hindi na bale akong maku­long, ma­matay, bitayin. Okay sa akin. You know, the pres­i­dency is a gift from God," the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive added.

(I still have three years. I prom­ise to fin­ish you off for my coun­try. I don't care about get­ting jailed, killed, and hanged. That's fine with me. You know, the pres­i­dency is a gift from God.) (Ruth Abbey Gita/ Sun­Star Philip­pines)

Pres­i­dent Rodrigo Duterte de­liv­ers a speech dur­ing the Par­tido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-La­ban) cam­paign rally in Barangay Potrero in Mal­abon City on April 2, 2019. (Screen­shot from RTVM video)

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