February 27, 2017, 3:12 pm
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Mayors called to Palace, warned: Drugs or death?

PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday reiterated his warning to mayors to resign, leave the illegal drug trade, or face death.

The President issued the warning anew when he met with thousands of mayors in Malacañang yesterday afternoon.

The mayors arrived in buses.

One of those in the meeting said the President was angry over the continued illegal drug operations and issued the warning to the local officials. 

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the meeting was just as “a general invitation to mayors.”

Asked if the meeting was in connection with the illegal drug trade, he said, “I suppose the intent is to have a conversation.”

“He has not really met with the mayors in order to directly discuss his position especially on criminality, crime and drugs. I suppose it is safe to assume that that will be part of the conversation this afternoon, I’d rather state it that way, a dialogue between the President and his executives,” he said.

Duterte, who was accompanied by PNP chief Roland dela Rosa, first met with the officials from the Visayas and Mindanao. A separate meeting was held with the local executives from Luzon.

Last Monday, Duterte said he would confront mayors about their involvement in the illegal drugs trade. He also told them to resign from office, leave the illegal activity, or face death.

He also said mayors who have links to the drug trade will lose the privileges that come with their positions, like the supervisory powers over the police, and their security.
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