FOR THE first time since his election more than two years ago, President Rodrigo Duterte visits Iloilo City, which he tagged as the “most shabulized” and “bedrock of illegal drugs,” today, June 20, 2018.
Based on an advisory provided by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Pres. Duterte will arrive at around 4:15 a.m. at the Iloilo Convention Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo City to deliver a speech at the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) national convention.
The PCL event includes the 2018 2nd Quarterly National Executive Officers, National Board Meeting and 5th Series of Continuing Local Legislative Education Program with the theme “Education and Technology: The Power Key to Advanced Skills in Local Legislation and Transformation of Character and Efficiency in Public Service.”
The President’s visit to Iloilo City, a bailiwick of the opposition Liberal Party, is his first since he assumed office in June 2016. Since then, he had been calling out the city’s illegal drug problem, which he blamed on former Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.
Mabilog had denied the President’s accusations.
In his most recent speeches, Mr. Duterte could not help but mention Mabilog’s flight from the country after the latter was ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman for alleged unexplained wealth.
Before the PCL event, the President will lead the lead the distribution of about 3,772 Certificates of Land Ownership Award to 2,314 agrarian beneficiaries in Western Visayas covering a total area of 2,694 hectares. The distribution will be held at the multipurpose gym of Cabatuan town in Iloilo.
After the PCL event, Mr. Duterte will proceed to the formal opening of the Vista Mall, which is owned by the Villar family in Oton town.
The Villars are political allies of the President.
Meanwhile, more or less 3,000 councilors from all cities and municipalities in the country will gather at the Iloilo Convention Center for their annual national convention.
Iloilo Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said the provincial government provided P400,000 for the hosting of the event upon the request of the PCL.
“The estimated 3,000 delegates entail a lot of expenses and they were able to justify their request,” he said.
Banias said they already conducted a coordinating meeting with the Radio-Television Malacañan (RTVM), Presidential Management Staff (PMS), Presidential Security Group (PSG), and the Department of Agrarian Reform on June 18 regarding the President’s visit.
Banias said the province shouldered the vehicles, food, and accommodation of the PSG, as well as the internet connection for the live streaming.