Angeles City Council airs support to Mayor Pamintuan
ANGELES CITY — Members of the City Council has expressed support to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan whom they said has initiated the anti-drugs program in the city.
In their statement of support, the city councilors stated that they “have witnessed Pamintuan’s efforts in support of the Duterte administration’s fight against corruption, criminality, and the use, abuse and proliferation of illegal drugs. Pamintuan has been recognized as world-class city mayor, according to the city officials. The mayor also serves as chairman of the Regional Development Council of Central Luzon and president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, they added. Pamintuan’s programs particularly on anti-drugs have been supported by the councilors and the leaders in the city’s 33 barangays.
The Council members said they pledged their “unconditional” support to Pamintuan based on his anti-drug programs and policies that are contradictory to the claim that he is involved in illegal drugs. The statement of support was signed by Vice Mayor Bryan Nepomuceno and councilors Jericho Aguas, Alex Indiongco, Joseph Ponce, Jae Flores, Edu Pamintuan, ALfie Bonifacio, Jay Sangil, Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr., Dan Lacson, Amos Rivera, and Lito Ganzon. Meanwhile, Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus, Central Luzon police director, said the Police Regional Office (PRO) recalled the police officers detailed to four mayors in Central Luzon, including Pamintuan. Corpus said this in accordance with the National Police Commission (Napolcom) order to strip the local chief executives supervision over police units and withdrawal of their deputation as Napolcom representative “because of their alleged involvement in illegal activities which constitute acts inimical to national security or negate the effectiveness of peace and order in the country.”
The police official added that the withdrawal of the mayors’ security details was done to ensure an impartial and in-depth investigation regarding the issue. Pamintuan’s police close-in security personnel reported back to their original assignment. Other Central Luzon mayors included in the narco-politician list of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the inter-agency intelligence task force were Concepcion (Tarlac) Mayor Andy Lacson, Camiling (Tarlac) Mayor Erlon Agustin, and Subic Mayor Jay Khionghun. The security details of the three mayors were reassigned to other police units and PNP regional holding unit at Camp Olivas in the City of San Fernando. “Rest assured that the PRO-3 will remain steadfast in its commitment to perform its mandated tasks in the name of public service,” Corpus stated.