By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Malabon City Vice Mayor and mayoralty candidate Jeannie Sandoval said Malabon City Mayor Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta III was partly to blame for the city’s drug problem.
Sandoval said in an interview with ANC that it was Oreta’s inaction that allowed illegal drugs to proliferate in the city.
“We still have problems with flooding, waste management, and public services such as health, education, and livelihood, and then we have a proliferation of drugs and rising criminality,” she said in Filipino.
Sandoval said two shabu laboratories were discovered in Malabon and two of its barangay officials were included in the narco-list.
“It is impossible that he is not aware. He should have done steps to prevent or stop the circumstances. Part of it is inaction,” she added.
However, Sandoval said she is not sure if Oreta will face charges following Duterte’s threats to have him arrested if he fails to rid Malabon of illegal drugs after a month.
“I’m sure he has his reasons for doing that and I’m sure he’s also privy to intel reports that we’re not aware of,” she said.
Duterte issued the warning during Sandoval’s proclamation rally in Barangay Potrero, Malabon City.
“Mayor, linisin mo ang Malabon mo. Bigyan kita isang buwan. ‘Pag hindi, sabihin ko kay Ricky, sorry nalang, ah, ipahuli ko ‘yung mayor niyo, itapon ko sa Manila Bay (Mayor, clean up your city. I will give you a month. If not, I will tell Ricky, I’m sorry, but I will have your mayor arrested and throw him in Manila Bay),” he said.
Oreta later issued a statement saying that he has been working to clear the city of illegal drugs even before the Duterte administration launched its war on drugs.
The incumbent city mayor also highlighted the awards the local government received for its various anti-illegal drug programs.