189 governors, mayors stripped of police powers under Duterte: DILG

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Posted at Jul 17 2019 11:56 AM

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Eight governors and 181 mayors nationwide were stripped of their powers over the police under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, the interior department said Wednesday.

These local chief executives lost their police power due to alleged involvement with illegal drugs, failure to stop terrorism and support for extremist groups, said Interior Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya.

The 189 officials can no longer choose their area's chief of police, direct law enforcement operations and chair the peace and order council, he told radio DZMM.

"Ang PNP na po ang bahala sa peace and order situation sa lugar... Iyon nga lang, hindi na sila kukuha ng direksyon sa LGU," he said.

(The PNP will take charge of the peace and order situation in the area. It's just that they will no longer get direction from the local government unit.)

There was no official stripped of police powers during the previous Aquino administration, said Malaya.

DZMM, July 17, 2019