By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte is mulling on giving P100 million to each municipality to support local government programs.
Addressing the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) gathered at the Manila Hotel last Tuesday night, the President said he might offer financial aid to the local government units depending on the national government’s budget next year.
“Kung may problema mo talaga, maybe next year, give me time. Every municipality man siguro ‘yan may hinihingi kayo. Siguro tig-100 million per municipality. Okay na ‘yan? [If you have a problem, maybe next year, give me time. Every municipality has been asking for something. Maybe P100 million per municipality, is that okay?],” the President said in his remarks, drawing applause from the audience.
“We are earning… We will see next year but I am… Meron akong i-set aside for you [I will set something aside for you],” he added.
The President, meantime, has warned anew local officials against getting involved in the narcotics trade or else face death. He noted that a “few mayors” have been implicated in the illegal drug trade.
“You killed democracy, then you killed people. Because you’re a mayor, I’ll kill you. P*** huwag mo akong bigyang b*** s*** [Son of a b*tch. Do not give me b*ll sh*t],” he said.
Duterte asked the LGUs to support the government’s campaign against illegal drugs instead of allowing the drug menace to destroy the community.
He said some politicians “went to the extent of building a platform for the drug operations at the expense of government using city hall as the staging area.” He noted that some drug-linked politicians even had their policemen killed, consequently “castrating government.”
“The most important one really is ‘yung local units ninyo that has something to do with drugs. You have to help,” he said.