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Robredo calls out Duterte for threatening mayors: That’s wrong!

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Vice President Leni Robredo criticized President Rodrigo Duterte anew for threatening mayors during their closed door meeting in Malacañang over the issue of illegal drugs.

Facing reporters in Tondo Thursday (Jan. 12), Robredo said admonishing local chief executives was wrong even if Duterte meant well by seeking their cooperation in the anti-drug war.

“Okay ang intensyon na yayain ang mga mayors, pero ang pananakot na papatayin, tingin ko kahit sinoman magsabi noon, kahit ba hindi pangulo pero lalo na kung pangulo, hindi tama,” she said.

Robredo implied that Duterte is sending a wrong message by scolding mayors when rule of law should prevail in the country.

“So at whatever time of the year, siguro naka-aggravate pa kasi new year ngayon, umaasa tayo di ba na parang may bagong pag-asa sana. Parang hindi din magandang simula,” she said.

A source told that Duterte was in a “very bad mood” when he talked to mayors on Wednesday. A mayor from Luzon said the President “cursed at” and “threatened” them about their possible involvement in the illegal drug trade.

Duterte has threatened to “kill” mayors whose names will be found in the latest version of the so-called “narco list” in his possession.