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‘Politically motivated’ Mayor Alcala accuses Cong. Suarez of his inclusion in Duterte’s ‘narcolist’

Lucena City Mayor Roderick ‘Dondon’ Alcala and House Minority Floorleader Danilo ‘Danny’ Suarez (John A. Bello)

by John A. Bello

LUCENA CITY – Mayor Roderick ‘Dondon’ Alcala has accused Quezon 3rd District Rep. and House Minority Floorleader Danilo ‘Danny’ Suarez for his inclusion in the latest expose by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte of alleged ‘narcopoliticians’ in the country.

“Tinawagan po ako ni Cong. Danny Suarez at pinagbantaan na may ilalabas na dokumento kung di ipapatigil yung isang broadcaster at ito na nga tinarabaho po tayo,” Alcala told TV newscaster Karen Davila in a telephone interview over CNN news cast on Friday morning.

Alcala said that Suarez’ threat led to his (Alcala’s) inclusion in Duterte’s ‘narcolist’ and the broadcaster which he did not name has been hitting hard at the Suarez family in a local radio program.

“Alam ko na sila ang behind dito, ginagawan nila ng paraan para tayo ay ma-link dito. Isang malakas na puwersa dito sa lalawigan at ito ang ginagawa nila,” Alcala said referring to the Suarez political family which includes, aside from Cong. Suarez, the incumbent Gov. David Suarez, his wife, Alona partylist Rep. Anna Villaraza-Suarez, board member Donaldo ‘Jet’ Suarez, and Unisan vice mayor Danilo ‘Junjun’ Suarez Jr.

All the Suarezes, along with comebacking former Rep. Aleta Suarez in the province’ Bondoc Peninsula, are running for various political positions in the coming May 13 elections.

Alcala said that he already knew beforehand that he will be included in the latest Duterte’s list of politicians allegedly involved in illegal drugs.

He said that 2 yrs. ago he was already stripped of his ‘police power’ which means losing his power of supervision over the city police force. Despite this, he said, he strengthened his campaign against illegal drug activities in the city and doubled the budget of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council which is the lead city government agency in charge of programs and operations against illegal drugs.

He described his inclusion in Duterte’s latest druglist as ‘politically motivated’ and appealed that such list be revalidated.

Alcala said that his alleged inclusion in the president’s druglist could have been motivated by a desire by the Suarez camp to ‘paralyze’ the 160,000 votes in Lucena city.

The mayor said that his 2 uncles, 2nd district Cong. Vicente ‘Kulit’ Alcala and former agriculture chief Proceso ‘Procy’ Alcala are pitted against Cong. Danilo Suarez and Gov. David Suarez for the positions of governor and congressman in the 2nd district respectively in the May 13 elections.

Mayor Alcala said he is willing to face charges in court to clear his name in his inclusion in Duterte’s narcolist.

The Dept. of Interior and Local Governments has earlier awarded Lucena city for its vigorous campaign against illegal drugs.

In less than a decade under his watch, mayor Alcala has ably steered the city government and has been responsible for the following big-ticket projects and innovative development programs:

A new city government complex with one-stop shop for various government transactions, new public market, ongoing construction of a city-owned convention center, improvement of local streets roads and highways, burial assistance for the poor, comprehensive health care program for city residents, free school supplies for every elementary students in the city’s 33 barangays, free college education, among others accomplishments which previous city administrations failed to do.

In his continuing war on drugs under his administration, Duterte on Thursday night (Mar. 14) has named Mayor Alcala among the 46 ‘narco-politicians’ allegedly involved in illegal drugs activity.

Duterte said he has validated the list of the ‘narcopoliticos’ in the country and added:

“If I cannot dispose you, neutralize you, inutil ako.”

The ‘narcolist’ included 3 congressmen, 33 mayors, 9 vice mayors and 1 board member.

Duterte identified them one by one, reading from the list in Davao city during the joint command conference of the Phil. National Police and the Armed Forces of the Phil.

He identified these alleged narco-politicians as follows:

Congressmen: Jesus Celeste of Pangasinan; Jeffrey Khonghun of Zambales; and Vicente Veloso of Leyte.

Mayors: Ferdinand Aguinaldo of Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte; Marjorie Salazar of Lasam, Cagayan; Cipriano Violago Jr. of San Rafael, Bulacan; Erlon Clemente Agustin of Camiling, Tarlac; Jefferson Fernandez Khonghun of Subic, Zambales; Bruno Tolentino Ramos of Bay, Laguna; Caesar Pabalete Perez of Los Banos, Laguna; Cecilio Hernandez of Rodriguez, Rizal; Eulalio Mendoza Alillo of Lemery, Batangas; Juan Valencia Toreja of Ibaan, Batangas; Loreto Sahagun Amante of San Pablo city, Laguna; Raul Palino of Teresa, Rizal; Roderick Alcantara Alcala of Lucena city, Quezon; Nieves Rosente of El Nido, Palawan; former mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo city; Julius Ronald Pacificador of Hamtic, Antique; Mariano Malones Sr. of Maasin, Iloilo; Sigfredo Betita of Carles Iloilo; Vicente Loot of Daan-bantayan, Cebu; Gamar Ahay Sirawai of Zamboanga del Norte; Leonida Albor Angcap of Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur; Crisinciano Enot Mahilac of Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental; David Navarro of Clarin, Misamis Occidental; Ezel Villanueva of Calamba, Misamis Occidental; Jason Paredes Almonte of Oroquieta city; Abubakar Pendatun Maulana of Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat; Albert Palencia of Banga, South Cotabato; Pablo Mondejar Matinong Jr. of Sto. Nino, South Cotabato; Roberto Malijao Luna Jr. of Lingig, Surigao del Sur; Mamaulan Abinal Mulok of Maguing, Lanao del Sur; former Mayor Montasser Meling Sabal of Talitay, Maguindanao; Rasul Mabang Sangki of Ampatuan, Maguindanao; Vicman Kambang Montawal of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao; and Jamar Abdullah Mansul of Hadji Muhtamad, Basilan.

Vice Mayors: Ariel Tabugo Alagos Jr. of Culasi, Antique; Dennis Linco Hernandez of Rodriguez, Rizal; Fraiz Cabilao Sabalones of San Fernando, Cebu; Abdulwahad Sabal of Talisay, Maguindanao; Anida Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao; Arafat Alim Salic of Marawi city; Jamal Abinal Pangandamun of Maguing, Lanao del Sur; and Ohto Caumbo Montawal of Datu Montawal.

Provincial Board Member: Rommel Cruz Ayuson of Rizal.

The Dept. of the Interior and Local Government on Thursday has filed administrative cases against the 46 public officials at the Office of the Ombudsman.

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