President Duterte urges governors to support campaign on illegal drugs, federalism

ILOILO CITY — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has urged governors in the country to strengthen their support to his campaign against illegal drugs and program on federalism, according to Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., Friday.

Defensor was among the 81 governors in the country who attended Thursday’s meeting with the President in Malacanang, which lasted for about one–and-a half hours.

The President, he said, has “never mentioned that there is a governor who is connected with illegal drugs activities.”

The governor added that they were assured by President Duterte that he will be very objective in the allocation of the national government resources that is meant for local government units.

“He cleared out to us that his decision in helping the LGUs will not depend on the party they belong to,” he said.

To align with the drive of the Duterte administration, Defensor committed to further strengthen its illegal drug campaign in the province together with the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO).

The IPPO, during a New Year’s call with the governor last Tuesday, reported that there is a significant increase in their accomplishment in 2016, especially on the arrest of illegal drug personalities. IPPO also assured it will strengthen its campaign efforts against illegal drugs this year.

IPPO reported that 14 local government units in Iloilo province may be declared drug-free this year as the validation of the IPPO of the said towns is currently ongoing. These are the municipalities of Tubungan, Alimodian, Leon, Zarraga, Bingawan, Maasin, Mina, Calinog, Lambunao, Duenas, San Rafael, San Dionisio, Balasan and Lemery. Cindy Ferrer/