Pres. Duterte names former solon, two mayors in his narco list

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday identified a former congressman of the lone district of Iligan City as among the local officials included in his five-inch thick list of narco-politicians.

Those tagged by the President during the awarding of the 2016 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organization Overseas at Malacanang Palace include former Iligan City congressman Vicente Belmonte and former Mayor Lawrence Cruz of Iligan City and Willy Lim.

President Duterte named the three as he showed again the final drug list composed of few barangay captains, mayors, governors and few congressmen.

“This is the drug industry in the Philippines. Almost all of the barangay captains, a few senators who played and she was glorified with an award in Washington D.C.,” President Duterte said, referring to Senator Leila de Lima.

De Lima recently received award as one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers for 2016 in Washington DC amid accusations that she opened the portals of government to narcopolitics based on the testimonies of high-profile inmates, prison guards, agents and her security aides in the House of Representatives inquiry into the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison when she was justice secretary.

“She was glorified with an award in Washington DC,” President Duterte said.

President Duterte mentioned again the name of retired police general Vicente Loot who earlier, was tagged by the President as one of the five generals linked to illegal drugs.

“This is my problem. Maybe it will take my life or my entire to solve it (illegal drugs). That is why we have to take care of our generation,” Duterte said.

President Duterte said he decided to postpone this year’s Barangay elections for fear that barangay captains linked to illegal drugs may get fresh mandate.

The President said he provided Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez with the copy of his final drug list.

“I said to them, I cannot handle it on my own. And even if it is true that I’ll kill them with a bullet, I will run out of the bullets and time to do it. That is the agony that we have,” he said.

The President said when he was still mayor of Davao City, he never realized that illegal drugs have contaminated four million Filipinos.

“I will never stop until the last apparatus of illegal drug is broken. I intent to solve it,” the President said.