ARAYAT -- In line with the consecutive discoveries of clandestine shabu laboratories in the province, Governor Lilia Pineda on Thursday expressed her apologies to President Rodrigo Duterte for their existence.
During the visit of the President to personally inspect the mega shabu factory here, Duterte said Governor Pineda "profusely apologized" to him that such illegal establishments existed under her watch.
"While we were walking, she was beside me and she was profuse with the apologies," he shared.
As chief executive, Duterte said he cannot also put police and armed forces in every corner of the country to monitor illegal activities.
But the President stressed that local officials and law enforcers should coordinate to avoid such incidents from happening again in their respective areas.
Meanwhile, Governor Pineda vowed to continue to investigate and seize business establishments, especially piggeries, which might be disguised as shabu laboratories.