Duterte names Parang mayor Talib Abu in illegal drugs trafficking

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 October) — Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has named Mayor Talib Abu of Parang, Maguindanao, his wife and 19 others as major players in the illegal drugs trade in Mindanao.

Duterte told a jampacked session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) Tuesday afternoon that  Mayor Abu is one of two main sources of metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, transported from Cotabato City to Davao City passing through Kabacan in North Cotabato and Digos City. The other source is one “Dong Sinsuat” from Kabacan, North Cotabato, he said.

Of the 21 in Duterte’s list, seven were arrested in 2004 and two had been killed. Duterte said they could not file charges against the rest for lack of evidence.

Abu was one of the mayors from Maguindanao who challenged Duterte to identify who the latter referred to in news reports as involved in the illegal drugs trade. Duterte announced the involvement in drug trafficking of a “mayor from Maguindanao” on October 1.

Duterte said Abu had been arrested for illegal drugs trade while he was still vice mayor of Parang four to five years ago “pero pinalaglag ang kaso” (but they worked for its dismissal), Duterte said. By whom, Duterte did not say.Read full story here.


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