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Beng: Duterte assures support to Vis-min local execs


President Duterte on Monday assured full support to all local chief executives from Visayas and Mindanao irrespective of their political affiliations.

Mayor Beng Climaco said the president made this declaration in a meeting with local chief executives in Cebu City tackling all issues besetting the country. She said the president vowed that every local government unit would be getting a fair shake under his administration.

“If there’s anything I can really do for you, personally or if you want my intervention in your governance, may nahirapan kayo dito o kulang ang pera ninyo, sabihin mo lang,” the president was quoted as saying.

It is the priority of the president, Mayor Climaco said, to fulfill his campaign promises such as eliminating corruption and illegal drugs, maintaining peace and order and forging a lasting peace in Mindanao.

The president also vowed to step down from office if the country has successfully shifted to a federal government by 2020.

During the meeting, the president also discussed about the looming problem of terrorism in the country citing the threat of regrouping terrorist networks, according to Climaco. Duterte stressed that the national government with the help of local chief executives must address the problem swiftly as the terrorists “are spreading all throughout the Philippines.”

Meanwhile, Climaco said the president also warned local government officials against involvement in illegal drugs trade and corruption as he reminded them of their mandate to the people.

Department of Interior and Local Government OIC Eduardo Año has been directed to probe all provinces liked to illegal drugs and to file charges against involved local government officials.

On the other hand, the president also reminded local officials not to permit abusive and corrupt police personnel in their areas of responsibility as he urged the leaders to make use of police in the campaign against illegal drugs and terrorism, Climaco added. (Sheila Covarrubias)

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