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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 12, 2017
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Duterte's interaction
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It was a friendly interaction.

That was how Silay City Mayor Mark Golez described yesterday the meeting between the mayors of Visayas and Mindanao with President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang in Manila.

Golez, who was among the 30 Negros Occidental mayors present during the New Year's call on President Duterte, said “It was getting to know with the President in person”.

He even told the Visayas and Mindanao mayors to also treat him as a mayor, being the former local chief executive of Davao City, Golez added.

But the President enjoined the mayors to help him in the war against drugs, he added.

The media were not allowed yesterday to cover the meeting between the mayors and Duterte.

Earlier, Duterte issued a statement that he will confront mayors who are on his final list of suspected drug personalities, and warn them to resign and abandon their drug trade, or face death.

Golez said the speech of Duterte started at about 2:20 p.m. and ended at 3:30 p.m.

But there were reports that Duterte was in a “very bad mood” when he met the country's mayors at Malacañang, as he cursed and “threatened” local chief executives involved in the illegal drug trade.

“I might go down in history as the butcher. It's up to you,” said the President Monday, as the deadly drug war has led to the deaths of more than 6,000 drug suspects.

The President has claimed that his “narco-list”, that contained the names of judges, congressmen and police officials, also had the names of local chief executives.*GPB



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