CEBU CITY BETS BACK PRRD’S FIGHT VS. DRUGS, CORRUPTION
LOCAL SUPPORT. President Rodrigo R. Duterte shakes the hand of Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella after raising his hand in endorsing his candidacy for mayor under the ruling PDP-Laban party, during a campaign sortie at the Plaza Indepencia on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (Contributed photo)
CEBU CITY — The presiding officer of the City Council here on Tuesday said his camp is determined to rally behind President Rodrigo Duterte in his fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.
Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, standard bearer of the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in the city, said Duterte needs the “support of every Filipino in his campaign against the menace of the society.”
Duterte, in his speech during the campaign sortie here last Sunday, warned that the remaining years of his term would be the “most dangerous years” for drug personalities and urged them to stop their illegal activities.
On Sunday, Duterte raised the hand of Labella during PDP-Laban’s third campaign rally held at Plaza Independencia.
The President was joined by PDP-Laban senatoriables headed by former Special Assistant to the President and now aspiring senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Rep. Zajid “Dong” Mangudadatu, former Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel III, and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino.
“I am elated by the trust that President Rodrigo Duterte gave to me and the PDP-Laban slate in Cebu City,” Labella said in his social media post.
He said his slate’s advocacy is aligned with the brand of governance espoused by Duterte.
“This only proves that the president believes in what we have been doing as public servants and in what we have been espousing, which is to realize a kind of governance for Cebu City that is humble, dignified and honest,” Labella added.
The vice mayor agreed with the President’s view that illegal drugs cause social dysfunction down to the level of the family.
He said local candidates who are supported by the Chief Executive’s party should strive to support his campaign against the ills of society.
“I thank him for the endorsement and we will strive that the trust that he gave to us won’t be for naught especially in the fight against corruption, illegal drugs and criminality,” Labella said. (PNA)