MANILA — Malacanang announced on Wednesday that it will come out with a list of local government unit (LGU) officials with “untainted” reputation in addressing the problem of illegal drugs in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
”In a few days, we will come out with the list of effective LGU officials,” Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said in a press statement.
Andanar explained the list was borne out from his usual media meetings together with Executive Secretary Atty. Salvador Medialdea.
”We thought that it was also proper to celebrate the untainted reputation of LGU executives when it comes to illegal drugs,” Andanar said.
The PCO chief that the list of LGU officials with good reputation as anti-illegal drugs campaigners have outweighed the local officials linked to the illegal drugs.
Andanar said Tanauan, Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili who ordered suspected criminals and drug pushers to take “walk of shame” will be included in the list.
”As much as we want to..or President Duterte wants to reveal those allegedly who have links to drugs, we also want to celebrate those who have resisted the temptation when it comes to illegal drugs,” Andanar said in an interview with radio dzRH.
Last weekend, President Rodrigo Duterte released his long list of judges, local officials and law enforcers linked to the illegal drugs.
In his own press statement released to the Malacanang media, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael ‘Mike’ Sueno said they are still on the process of verification of the local officials who will be recognized for their unblemished reputation in fighting drug menace.
”There still no specific criteria. It’s just ung mga hindi kasama sa second list ng mga drug protectors, of course pinapa-check na din yung mga untainted LGU officials. We need to give credits to the good local officials,” Sueno said.
The intensified campaign of Duterte administration has prompted the 600,000 drug addicts to surrender to the authorities throughout the country. Jelly Musico/ PNA/ northboundasia.com