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Duterte asks mayors to act vs drugs, crimes

President Duterte is ready to help the country’s mayors with their infrastructure projects and other problems regardless of their political affiliations.

Addressing the assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the historic landmark Manila Hotel Tuesday, the President assured his political color blind approach in public service after appealing anew to the mayors to take personal action in the campaign against drugs and criminality.

“If you want ‘yung tulong, may problema ka, importante ‘yung bridge, ganoon, maybe you can talk to me and try to find out if I can help you,” the President told the mayors. “I’m open. Wala akong pulitika. I do not have to please you or please your political enemy,” he said.

Duterte said he was aware that mayors belonging to rival parties are hesitant to approach him but assured them that he was already “beyond” politicking.

“Huwag kayong magdadalawang-isip. I’m beyond that kasi gusto kong – para hindi kayo mahiya mag-ano sa akin kasi may distansya eh, alam ko man kasi sa yellow kayo,” he said. “So punta ka sa akin, wala akong kulay except public service so I guarantee you that,” Duterte added.

The President appealed anew to the mayors to get rid of illegal drugs and criminality in their jurisdictions.

Duterte told the local chief executives to mobilize the police to clean up their backyards and keep their communities safe.

“This is my important message to you: Huwag lang sana po na you will have a runway problem with law and order, because may supervisory powers kayo sa pulis and I will grant it to you,” he said.

“Just give me this commitment: Droga, pati ‘yang criminality, you have to personally do it.” (Genalyn D. Kabiling)