MANILA—The Naga city government said it needed to respond to the "deep insult" of President Rodrigo Duterte, who said the city was once a "hotbed of shabu."
"Be it resolved, as it is hereby resolved, to express in unequivocal terms the city of Naga's indignation over the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte that Naga City was once a 'hotbed of shabu' apparently uttered irresponsibly and without factual basis," the resolution read.
"The city government of Naga, on behalf of all who love this 'Maogmang Lugar,' cannot remain silent over this deep insult hurled against the dignity of all Nagueños."
Vice President Leni Robredo earlier called Duterte's claim a "huge insult" and a slap in the face of former and incumbent local officials who have worked hard to improve the city.
The city government cited the efforts of former Naga City mayor and Interior and Local Government secretary Jesse Robredo, the late husband of Robredo.
“Under his watch, the city started a reward system for tipsters of illegal drug law violations, which led to the arrest and prosecution of drug violators," it said.
The city government said it continues to support the anti-drug campaign by allotting funds to "assist drug surrenderees in their treatment and recovery" and creating anti-drug task forces.
It also cited the statement of Christian Frivaldo, head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Bicol, that the illegal drug situation in Manila is worse than in Naga.
The city government invited Duterte to visit Naga and to "walk our safe, peaceful and drug-free streets."