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Duterte tags 27 local officials to illegal drugs

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MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte will reveal "soon" the names of at least 27 local executives allegedly involved in illegal drug activities, according Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

 

Two of the execs have actually presented themselves to him and pleaded that they be not shamed and their family by including them in Duterte's list. The two offered to resign but the Chief Executive refused to accept, saying a thorough investigation is ongoing.

 

Also, a mayor of Leyte has presented himself to Philippine National Police chief Roland dela Rosa in Camp Crame after the President gave him and his son, said to be the top drug lord in the Visayas, 24 hours to surrender or be killed. 

 

”Until now, talaga nasa kaniya iyong listahan. Pero hindi na po tatagal at ire-report na rin po niya sa publiko (The President has the list and will soon announce it to the public),” Abella said.

 

Abella refused to provide further details but said: “You’ll  be surprised, it's interesting after his report. Hintayin na lang po natin iyong report ni Presidente (We just have to wait for the President's announcement).”

 

Earlier, presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo told mediamen in Malacanang that the list is composed of 27 local executives provided by the government intelligence group.

 

”My God, you will be shocked,” Panelo said.

 

Much like the five generals named by the President early last month, Panelo said the local executives will also be investigated.

 

The five generals identified by the President include: PNP Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr.; former National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Joel Pagdilao; Western Visayas regional director, Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz; Quezon City Police District director, Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio; and retired police general Vicente “Vic” Loot.

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