Duterte to barangay chiefs: Do your best to fight illegal drugs, terrorism

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte called on the country’s barangay leaders to do their best in protecting their respective communities from illegal drugs and terrorism.

In his message during a simple oath-taking program for newly-elected barangay chairpersons in Zambaonga del Sur, President Duterte reiterated his warning that charges would be filed against incompetent barangay chairpersons.

“I want you to work hard and do your best. I want terrorism and drugs eradicated. I will have an audit. And if you are not at par, I will file charges against you for incompetence. You have to defend the country,” President Duterte said.

President Duterte said local government officials should do their share in the administration’s anti-criminality campaign.

Duterte challenged the village leaders to be proactive in addressing common crimes as well as illegal drugs, saying he cannot solve the country’s problems by himself.

“It’s our job to protect the people of the Republic of the Philippines. We must preserve this nation. I expect you give your best,” President Duterte said.

In photo: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected barangay chairpersons in the Zamboanga Peninsula held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on June 26, 2018, announces that he has asked the Department of Interior and Local Government to conduct audits on the anti-illegal drugs, anti-terrorism and peace and order operations of the barangays. He then added that he would file charges against barangay officials who are deemed incompetent in keeping their barangays safe and free from illegal drugs. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO