MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan-- Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael O. Sueto on Monday called on the people of Bulacan and its leaders to support the government in its fight against graft and corruption, illegal drugs and crimes.
Sueto, speaking during the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic on January 23, 1899 at the historic Barasoain Church here, said such support is needed so as not to waste the sacrifices of Filipino patriots and revolutionaries who shed blood, sweat and tears 118 years ago in attaining the quest for freedom and sovereignty.
The DILG Secretary, who was the guest of honor and speaker during the 118th anniversary of the First Philippine Republic, told Bulacan officials headed by Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, Vice Governor Daniel Fernando and City Mayor Christian D. Natividad and the people of Bulacan who attended the ceremony that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is extending his best wishes and adherence to the significance of the First Philippine Republic.
He said the President believes that the sacrifices of the patriotic Filipinos and the revolutionaries will not go into naught as long as the people of the Republic will continue to unite and fight corruption, crime and the specter of narco-politics, which is now the enemy and evil that threaten the very fabric of the Philippine's hard-earned freedom and democracy.
The DILG secretary said that if President Duterte did not become the head of the nation, the Republic will surely be transformed into a state of "narco-politics," where drug lords will rule and control national and local executives.
He also told the people of Bulacan that the President, after meeting the different mayors in the country, also met with the provincial governors.
He said the Chief Executive gave them the list of politicians involved in the proliferation of the illegal drug trade in the country which, he said is very alarming because it even includes a senator, congressmen, judges, mayors, village chiefs and the police.
"I can't imagine what will happen to our country if the local government units (LGUs) will fall under the control of drug lords," Sueto said.
He said the controversial kidnapping and killing of Korean national Jee Ick Jooi inside Camp Crame by police officers is a "wake-up call not only for the Philippine National Police but for all of us."
For his part, Gov. Alvarado said that it is high time to look back at the importance of January 23, 1899 in the midst of the growing clamor for change.
Alvarado also said that it is his fervent wish that the significance of this day (January 23), the anniversary of the First Philippine Republic, be given the full honor and recognition and must not only be regarded as a mere provincial holiday in Bulacan. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency