MERGE President Rodrigo Duterte (7th from left) proclaims the administration senatorial bets Raffy Alunan, Juan Victor Ejercito, Imee Marcos, Zajid Mangudadatu, Ronald de la Rosa, Bong Go, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Francis Tolentino, Pia Cayetano, Sonny Angara, and Cynthia Villar (l-r) during a campaign rally in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, last night.*PCOO


“I won’t hesitate to kill’
Du30 warns officials
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated last night his stern warning to local chief executives, who are involved in illegal drugs, that he will not hesitate to kill them.

Speaking at the PDP-Laban campaign rally of administration senatorial candidates in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, for almost two hours, Duterte made the warning as the Department of Interior and Local Government is set to reveal next week the names of 83 narco-politicians,

Duterte gave the first warning during his closed-door meeting with mayors in Malacañang, in previous months. Two mayors in Eastern Visayas and Mindanao, who were linked to the illegal drug trade, had been killed in police operations, almost two years after Duterte became the president. moremoremore


Duterte meet seen
as an endorsement
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

President Rodrigo Duterte met with Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and his group after the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) political rally at the Victorias City Coliseum last night.

Leonardia and his Grupo Progreso party mates, Rep. Greg Gasataya, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Cindy Rojas, Renecito Novero, Archie Baribar, Bart Orola, Ana Marie Palermo, Al Espino, and Simple Distrito were ushered to a room for a meeting with Duterte where they also had their photo taken with him.

“For us, it’s as good as an endorsement. It was a special treatment and we treat it as an endorsement,” the mayor said. moremoremore

 

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IN BACOLOD
Contractors, gov’t engineers told
to secure permit before diggings
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

An ordinance requiring contractors, government engineers, and other agencies to secure special permit from the city government before the excavation and diggings of roads, bridges, canals, and drainage system within Bacolod City, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod on first reading Wednesday.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Dindo Ramos, said there are many developmental projects requiring excavation and diggings of roads, bridges, canals and drainage system, that are currently being implemented in the City of Bacolod by contractors, government engineers, and other agencies that affect the citizens of Bacolod because such projects usually cause heavy traffic, damage to property, and accidents that endanger the lives of the people.

It said the people of Bacolod have the right to know, be aware, or notified when excavation and digging of roads, bridges, canals and drainage system will commence, and how long such project will affect the area where they are being implemented.