Parang mayor denies involvement in drug trafficking
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 October) — Mayor Talib Abu of the municipality of
Parang, Maguindanao denied Wednesday he is involved in the trafficking of
illegal drugs in Mindanao.
Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte named him as the “mayor from Maguindanao” who
leads one of two major groups engaged in the illegal trade 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
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 trafficking and branded the allegation as a “recycled case”. Read full story here.