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DILG chief: Suspension awaits LGU officials who fail to clear roads

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Suspension awaits local government officials who fail to clear public roads, the Department of Interior and Local Government said.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano said President Rodrigo Duterte had issued such a warning to mayors and governors in a meeting earlier this week.

Año said some private individuals have converted public roads into their private properties and set up stalls and even basketball courts there.

Last July 22, Duterte ordered Año during his State of the Nation Address to reclaim public roads that were used for private purposes.

Mayors who cannot carry out the order should be suspended, Duterte said.