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Monday, August 29, 2016

Repost: Mayor Herbert Bautista Responds to VACC Complaint

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A day after he and his brother were sued by an anticrime group for allegedly being soft on the drug menace, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista stressed that he has been an antidrug advocate since his years in show business and that he had no hand in the selection of two city police chiefs earlier linked by President Duterte to the narcotics trade.

Writing from Oslo, Norway, where he currently serves as adviser to the government panel in the revived peace talks with communist rebels, Bautista assailed the “controversial” statements made against him by Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chair Dante Jimenez.

“I am not and will never involve myself in the illegal drug trade. Antidrug is my advocacy since I was 17 years old,” Bautista, who entered politics in 1986, said in a statement sent to reporters on Saturday.

The VACC on Friday filed a complaint in the Office of the Ombudsman accusing Bautista of “dereliction of duty” and failing to control the city’s drug problem, as well as his brother, 4th District Councilor Hero Bautista, for admitting that he used illegal drugs

No say in QCPD selection

“(Jimenez) is concluding that because the two generals linked in the illegal drug trade were former Quezon City Police District chiefs, ergo the mayor is (involved), too,” Bautista said. He was referring to former QCPD directors Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio and Chief Supt. Joel Pagdilao.

“Just for the record, I am not involved in choosing the district director of QCPD. Even if the law provides that local chief executives will have to choose from among three to five names from the list given by the (Philippine National Police), not a single list reached me,” the mayor said.

Even before he became mayor in 2010, it was already a practice to appoint the district director “without any consultation or ‘courtesy’ (to the mayor),” he said.

He recalled that since the term of then Mayor Adelina Rodriguez in 1976, it has been the vice mayor who is tasked to oversee local antidrug programs and projects.

Bautista also defended himself against criticism that he has been soft on his own brother Hero, who is now undergoing a six-month rehabilitation program.

“[W]hen this controversy arose, many were asking why didn’t I bother to scold (Hero) or proactively take action about my brother’s drug use,” he said. “Hero is 48 years old, has his own family, is independent from us. We barely see or talk to each other because we, as individuals, have our own set of lives and concerns.”

Bautista stressed that he was “proud” that his younger brother was “taking full responsibility for his actions.”

19 comments:

  1. Daming adik sa QC hindi manlang sya umaaksyon

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    1. kung tunay kang advocate for anti drugs bakit po kulang ang rehab centers sa QC?

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  2. Tanong ko lang, why focus only on him, kumusta ang illegal drug trade sa ibang lugar? Also, why only him as a mayor of QC, yung mga pulis din, mas kalat pa ang offices ng pol8lice, may mga nasasakupan sila na tutok sila, why have they not prevented the proliferation of drug trade? May sarili naman liderato ang poloce, in fact, even without the order of the local government and even by the president, they should be do8ng their jobs well. Ewan ko ha, sa totoo lang kung maayos magpatupad ng batas ang mga police natin, diba LAW ENFORCER, kahit hindi pa si Duterte ang presidente wala dapat ganitong kalalang sitwasyon. Sa totoo lang dapat lahat ng police eh napapagalitan hindi lang yung sangkot...paano tayong bansa kung tapos na si Duterte, hindi na ba kikilos independently ang pulis para gawin ng maayos ang trabaho nila...ipasok na rin natin ang mga lokal na pinuno natin.

    Hay goodluck Pinas.

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  3. ang QC ay isa sa may pinakamataas na bilang ng drug dependents. Bilang Mayor sana advise mo na lang kpatid mo magresign hindi LOA lang, sinira nya tiwala ng publiko. I reveal nya kung saan ang source ng drugs nya. 6 month rehab? bigay na lang pwesto sa susunod na mananalong councilor

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  4. E di dapat lahat ng officials sa buong bansa (maliban sa davao) kasuhan? kasi soft naman lahat pagdating sa droga kaya nga ganto ginagawa ni Bato aat Duterte eh

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    1. Everyone has been soft, especially family members who are related to either a drug addict or pusher. Most especially the police. They are our law enforcer, why can't they do their jobs before Duterte, and what will happen after Duterte?

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  5. Dapat mag resign si Zero. Kapal ng mukha niyo.

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    1. I so agree. from QC lover.

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  6. Paano ang mga barangay officials at ibang local government officials at mga police? Hindi lang si Bistek ang may kakulangan. Kung lahat sana ng mga taong nasa posisyon para magsilbi sa bayan eh ginagawa ang trbaho wala sana tayo dito sa kahirapan at kriminalidad. We should not need a Duterte or a Bato to initiate all these, we just need everyone from the government to do their sworn oath in taking care of our country and its people.

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  7. Amidst the deprivation and extreme poverty of the 90 percent of the pilipines population, Herbert and 48 other government officials are in Norway; one of the most expensive places on earth, enjoying the breathtaking sceneries of Norwegian fjords and its spectacular glacier, while staying in 5-star hotels and fine dining at Michelin starred restaurants. Everyone knows that everything in Norway is ridiculously expensive, but i don't think they care about this trivial fact because it's the taxpayers money they are wantonly spending!

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    1. Why are they there in the first place, do you know? I mean, are you even aware of the issue being worked on there?

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    2. So mga taong maka Duterte daw, yung mga ibinoto nyong local officala lalo na yung mga re-electionist, kumusta ba ang mga performance nila laban sa drugs?

      Kung hindi kayo masaya tulad ng kay Herbert sa pamamalakad nya eh bakit ibinoboto pa rin sila ng karamihan? Hay naku, sikat kasi si Duterte but we Filipinos have not learned kaya ganito pa rin tayo.

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  8. ok napaisip tuloy ako...yes he is 48 y/0 have own family, YOU  have our own set of  have our own set of lives and have our own set of lives and concerns.”means ala kng PAKI...for sure maraming bulongbulongan dyn lalo Mayor k..imposible n walng may alam at d mo alam..HE HAVE OWN LIFE...SAME WITH THE PPL OF QC, THEY HAVE OWN LIFE... paano k naging MAYOR KUNG SARILI MONG KAPATID D PINASIN,KASI HAVE UR OWN SET OF lives and concern..

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  9. Yes I agree that Mayor Herbert should be liable or at least fire his City Council addict proven brother.

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  10. Asus, I really don't trust this Duterte at all. I agree, drugs has become a huge problem as expected in any poor third world country. But cmon', what about THOSE PLUNDERERS AND CROMINAL THIEVES IN GOVERNMENT that caused the Philippines to be so poor and still a third world? Arroyo, Marcoses and their cronies?

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    1. Marcoses? Eh diba panahon pa ni corazon aquino yang mga allegations na yan?

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  11. Hehehe hellooooo Bistek! Yari si Hero c",)

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  12. Why QC? Because QC has a big number of drug addicts and a big percentage of the QC police force were suspended because of links to the illegal drug trade. So at the very least, there is negligence of duty.

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  13. Sa Davao, pag di mo ginagawa trabaho mo kaya lumalala problema na sakop ng function mo, ipasisibak ka dahil parte ka ng problema. Minsan on live TV pa! Marami ang gustong magkaroon ng trabaho mo, kaya ayusin mo, kung hindi mas makabubuti sa lahat na tanggalin yan sa yo!
    Negligence is no excuse!
    The negligent are accessories to the crime!

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