La Castellana exec ‘can’t be drug financier’

BY MAE SINGUAY

Monday, March 20, 2017

BACOLOD City – Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan of La Castellana, Negros Occidental vehemently denied that his brother is involved in the illegal drug trade.

Municipal Councilor Alberto “White” Nicor III has already been cleared of any link to the illicit activity, Mangilimutan stressed.

Nicor was included in the “narco-list” of people subject to police surveillance for their alleged involvement in drugs.

Mangilimutan, the first woman mayor of La Castellana, said on Sunday she personally brought her brother to all government agencies engaged in the antidrug campaign to help him clear his name.

The mayor does not believe her brother is involved in drugs, much more a financier of the trade. She continues to help him with his financial needs, Mangilimutan pointed out.

“How could he be a financier … when he doesn’t even own a house and could not pay the amortization of his motorcycle?” she said.

A former policewoman, Mangilimutan said she personally warned her brother against engaging in the drug trade. “I told him I will shoot him if I find out he is engaged in illegal drugs,” said the mayor.

Mangilimutan said that upon her request the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Philippine National Police’s national headquarters and regional and provincial offices validated their lists, and ended up clearing her brother.

Meanwhile she asked suspected drug personalities in La Castellana to stop their illicit activities or “face the full force of law.”

She is not one who would go for the execution of drug suspects, Mangilimutan stressed. “I still believe in due process.”

 

Mangilimutan succeeded her father, Alberto Nicor Jr., as mayor./PN