The city council of Naga will submit an outrage to the recent statement of President Rodrigo Duterte that the city is a hotbed of & # 39; shabu & # 39; (crystal meth) was, vice president Leni Robredo and Naga City Mayor John Bongat said Saturday, to condemn.
"(A) Such admissions are an insult to Naga's, which is not fair, so we are protesting here in the strongest terms," Robredo said. "This morning the city council gave me their resolution of indignation (the damage) to Naga's reputation, and we will not resign this session."
In a speech for business leaders in Malacañang on Tuesday, President Robredo & # 39; s ability as his successor and said she could not improve things because Naga City was "the hotbed of shabu in recent years."
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Said Robredo from her hometown: "We also have a problem with drugs, but to say that … we are a hotbed, that is a big blow to everyone, especially those who make efforts to liberate the city from illegal drugs. "
The vice-president noted that Naga recently ranked the second most competitive city in the country and was recognized as the best city when it came to economic dynamism by the National Competitiveness Council this year.
"Things like that are not easy to achieve," Robredo said.
"If the president wanted to reach me, then I should just be, because if he says it is Naga City, then it is all of us," said the vice president, referring to the earlier steps of the president, including removing her from her cabinet post.
Malacañang withdrew the municipal council's plan to admonish the president.
The plan was a "waste of government" and "time and energy," said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.
"They should (instead) exert their power to free the city from the threat of shabu and other illicit drugs," Roque said in a telephone interview.
He added that the president's statement on Naga City as a hotbed for shabu based on information he received from the appropriate agencies.
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Robredo said that Christian Frivaldo, the acting regional director of the Philippine drug enforcement agency Bicol, had himself said: "We are not on the list of hotbeds of shabu." What (President Duterte) said had no basis. "
Bongat also pointed out that Naga had set up a permanent office for the Hazardous Substances Council" focusing on prosecution, advocacy and education, enforcement of drug laws and rehabilitation. " The local government of Naga has been very committed to the campaign against drugs by President Duterte. "So it was a big surprise to us that such a statement comes from no less than the president himself," Bongat said.
"This resolution is to make a unified position, we are ready for the consequences that can follow after this resolution, there is democracy, and if we do not speak nothing happens, if you think something is wrong or if something is not there, then we must speak, "the mayor added.- WITH A REPORT FROM CHRISTINE O. AVENDAÑO
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