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Duterte: 3 governors, 2 solons, more mayors next in drug war

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MANILA  President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed anew that there would be no letup in going after government officials involved in the illegal drugs trade, indicating that the drugs war will focus on three to four governors, two congressmen and more mayors.


At the same time, Duterte reiterated continued support for lawmen who go after those involved in illegal drugs trade.

This developed as actor and Mayor Richard Gomez has been linked to the drugs trade which he denied as P1 million reward has been put up for the arrest of Ronnie Dayan, the driver and alleged lover of Sen. Leila de Lima, who have linked to drugs trade in the national penitentiary.
The President made the statements during the anniversary celebration of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila.


The reassurance comes following the death of Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. of Albuera, Leyte at the hands of a regional team of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).


Espinosa was killed inside his cell at the Leyte sub-provincial jail in an alleged rubout by the CIDG last Nov. 5. The policemen claimed they raided Espinosa’s cell for drugs and guns.


Duterte reiterated that the widespread drug problem should be addressed; otherwise the country would become a narco-state.


He also directed the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to revalidate the order of battle, which also went through verification by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.


“We have about 17 mayors (allegedly involved in drug trade). One of them just died. And we have about two congressmen and about three or four, I’m not sure of the four, governors,” Duterte said.


Duterte reiterated he is taking full responsibility for the actions of his lawmen who followed his orders to ensure that “every drug pusher is out of the streets and the last drug lord killed during his term.”


“And I will believe your story because I am your chief. To the military I’m the commander-in-chief. On the civilian side, I am the chief executive of the government,” he said. 


“The police is under the DILG. So I have to believe the story of the police for simply they are my subordinates and I am ultimately responsible for their deeds,” he added.


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