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DAVAO CITY – He would help the incoming Duterte administration in its campaign against illegal drugs, said Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu.

In an interview yesterday (18 June 2016), Mangudadatu said that “I will talk to President-elect (Rodrigo Duterte) and I will tell him who are behind and how drugs enter the province,”.

Mangudadatu said he had relayed this information to the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency, but was told that he needed proof.

“That’s why nothing happened,” he said.

Earlier, incoming Philippine National Police Director Ronald dela Rosa said the police anti-drugs campaign would prioritize the National Capital Region, Regions 3, 4, 6, 7 and the ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao).

Drugs that entered Region 11 or Southern Mindanao came from Maguindanao, which belongs to ARMM. Dela Rosa said.

But Mangudadatu said he was sure drugs were not manufactured in Cotabato City or Maguindanao.

“Yes, there are illegal drugs in Cotabato and Maguindanao but these were not made there,” he said.

He said drugs were being transported to Maguindanao from Manila.

“That’s why checkpoints in ports should be strengthened,” he said. “They (police) should check the wheels, tires and even the tanks of the vehicles that were being used to transport drugs by land,” he added.

Mangudadatu also sees some resistance in the campaign against drugs as some members of the private armed groups of the Ampatuan clan allegedly serve as “protectors of drug dealers.”

“The President-elect should act on these private armed groups of the Ampatuans because they protect these drug dealers,” he said.

“I owe a lot to him (Duterte). During the Maguindanao massacre, he helped us find a helicopter,” Mangudadatu said.

Mangudadatu said that by using the helicopter, they were able to locate the massacre site before Ampatuan’s men could bury all the victims.

“That’s one of the untold stories of how Duterte helped us,” he said.

Source: Inquirer.net

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