Focus on drugs, Duterte tells Leonardia


President Rodrigo Duterte wants Mayor Evelio Leonardia to prioritize anti-drug efforts in Bacolod City, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said.

Familiaran, who represented the mayor during the joint command conference of the National Task Force-End of Local Communist Armed Conflict in Malacañang on Monday, said he also thanked Duterte for endorsing him, the mayor and Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya during the last election.

During the meeting, the President emphasized the policy direction of his administration and discussed issues involving his plan to suspend the importation of rice, revive the Reserve Officers Training Course, and implement programs for the poor, particularly in conflict-affected areas. (

Familiaran said the purpose of the meeting was to address armed conflict through peaceful means by providing problem areas with projects, education and livelihood programs.

This is the strategy of the Duterte administration, he added.