Parang mayor denies involvement in drug trafficking
DAVAO CITY – Mayor Talib Abu of the municipality of Parang, Maguindanao denied he is involved in illegal drug trafficking a day after Mayor Rodrigo Duterte named him as the “mayor from Maguindanao” who led a drug group that is major source of illegal drugs traded in Mindanao.
Duterte told a jampacked session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) Tuesday afternoon that 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.
Abu, in a live interview with Cotabato-based DXMS radio Wednesday, said he has not been involved in drug trafficking and branded the allegation as a “recycled case”.
He said he had a similar encounter with Duterte in the past. This confirmed Duterte’s statement that Abu was already charged against illegal drug trafficking “four to five years ago” while Abu was still a vice mayor. (To be updated)