La Union Mayor on Being Named as High-Value Target: “God is Guiding President Duterte.”

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – For tagging him as a high-value target, Naguillian town Mayor Reynaldo Flores said that “God is guiding President Duterte” because it would speed up the re-investigation on the case of the shabu laboratory discovered in his town in 2008.

“There is a divine intervention in this situation and I am very positive with the re-investigation, authorities will discover for themselves that there are other persons involved in the establishment
of the shabu factory aside from those who were already convicted,” Flores said.

In his message to the troops at 5th Infantry Division in Cauayan, Isabela yesterday, Duterte ordered the military to go after the targets in the illegal drug trade, including Flores, who was identified in the list.

Flores said he was shocked with the President’s pronouncement because the investigation against him is ongoing after he was first identified publicly along with four other personalities in La Union as “narco-politicians.”

Flores said he has submitted himself already for investigation with the police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Aside from Flores, Duterte also identified in his list Mayor Martin De Guzman of Bauang town, Mayor Dante Garcia of Tubao town, and former Congressman Eufranio Eriguel, but all denied their involvement in any illegal drug activities.

“I don’t blame the President. This is the work of God. If I was mentioned again, then media and investigators will come to me. So what I would tell them again is about the shabu laboratory,” he said.

Flores expressed concern with his safety because he said “high value targets” are priority in the campaign against illegal drugs.

In an affidavit submitted to Camp Crame, Flores named the mastermind behind the establishment of the shabu laboratory discovered by authorities in July 2008 in Barangay Bimmotobot in Naguilian.

“I know a lot of (hidden) information about the involvement of several personalities on the shabu lab because I was one of those who conducted the raid against the illegal facility and we know the story behind it,” Flores said.

Flores said he thanked Duterte for naming him as the number one mayor in his list because it would give him the opportunity to tell all about the facility including the mastermind.

He reiterated that aside from Police Supt. Dionicio Borromeo, the convicted shabu laboratory protector, there are prominent personalities engaged in the illegal trade in the province. Jun Elias/