Duterte to meet with Visayas, Mindanao governors, mayors
BACOLOD CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with local chief executives in the Visayas and Mindanao in Cebu City on February 12.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government in Western Visayas (DILG-6), however, didn’t know why Mr. Duterte wanted to meet the local officials.
“All provincial governors, and city and municipal mayors of the Visayas and Mindanao have been summoned to the meeting,” said Anthony Nuyda, DILG-6 director.
He said the DILG was tasked to ensure that the local chief executives would attend the meeting.
“The President will probably tackle priorities of his administration,” Nuyda said, but could not give specifics.
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who confirmed his invitation to the meeting, said he did not know the agenda.
It was not known if the President would discuss the push towards a federal form of government and the rebooted Tokhang campaign against illegal drugs. It was expected that he would also listen to the concerns of the chief executives of the Visayas and Mindanao.
Nuyda said local officials were not allowed to send in their representatives to the meeting.
The general program outline includes a speech by DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo Año, and a message to be delivered by President Duterte.#
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