DAANBANTAYAN mayoral candidate Vicente Loot yesterday said he will wipe out illegal drugs in the northern town in 100 days if he is elected.
Speaking during the 888 News Forum, Loot said his wife, former mayor Maria Luisa “Malou” Loot, made Daanbatayan a number one municipality in terms of revenue and peace and order.
However, Loot, who retired as police chief superintendent after 37 years in the force, said the rampant illegal drug trade under the incumbent administration is a big threat to the sustainability of the town’s economic progress.
Loot, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, warned drug lords to stop their illegal activities in Daanbantayan.
He said that if they don’t heed his warning, these drug lords, drug traffickers and drug pushers will be arrested and charged in court, or worse, they will be killed in anti-illegal drug operations.
Mayor Augusto Corro, for his part, laughed and said he could not imagine the illegal drug problem can be solved in 100 days.
He said the Loots (Malou and son Sun Shimura) ruled the town for 15 years and they failed to eradicate the problem.
“I have the biggest laugh. I am questioning him. Why did he fail to help in solving the illegal drug problem in Daanbantayan when he was a high-ranking police officer then? His promise is just a political gimmick,” Corro said.
However, Loot said Corro will soon realize that his promise is not a political gimmick because the first thing he will do as mayor is to get rid of drug addicts in the Municipal Hall.
“The Daanbantayan Municipal Hall is now like a rehabilitation center because of illegal drug users working there. I will make the Municipal Hall a drug-free place,” Loot said.
He said he will also go after commercial fishing and dynamite fishing, which is the reason marginal fishermen can hardly feed their families.
Loot said that during the time of his wife, several illegal fishers were arrested, as can be shown on the records of fines paid by violators as penalties.
Under Corro, Loot said, there were few apprehensions of illegal fishers, but there is no record the violators were made to pay fines.