THE filing of administrative charges against 45 town mayors for their failure to create Anti-Illegal Drugs Abuse Councils (ADACs) should be welcomed by all sectors of society.
For one, the erring mayors committed grave misconduct in office and gross dereliction of duty, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The DILG said the 45 municipal mayors are facing disciplinary action, suspension or even dismissal from the service, for their refusal or neglect to establish their local drug council.
For another, it is President Duterte himself who is leading the total war against drug abuse and trafficking and yet these local government officials did nothing to address the problem.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, a former chief of staff of the powerful Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), said the agency may charge another set of mayors in the next few weeks.
“Magmula sa national government hanggang sa mga probinsya, lungsod, bayan at barangay – lahat ay dapat kumikilos at nagtutulong-tulong para sugpuin ang iligal na droga,” said Año.
And people are made to believe that although Duterte, whose six-year presidency ends in 2022, is old and tired, he is still ready to fight it out with all those involved in illegal drugs.
The tough-talking Chief Executive from impoverished Mindanao reiterated his determination not to allow drug traffickers and their protectors to destroy the nation and the people.
“If you destroy my country and you force my children to eat drugs…I will kill you,” said Duterte in a speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally in Marikina City Wednesday night.
Nobody will argue with Duterte when he said that the police ought to keep the country’s streets free of criminals while the DILG is going after erring local government executives.