Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III is among the 10 governors to be recognized by the Duterte administration for helping the government in the fight against drugs.
Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno submitted the list to President Duterte, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report. The list was submitted “ahead of President Duterte’s plan to name in public the second batch of elected officials, judges and policemen with alleged links to the narcotics trade,” the report said.
The governors who will be recognized along with Davide are Governors Imee Marcos of Ilocos Norte, Faustino Dy III of Isabela, Junie Cua of Quirino, Jose Alvarez of Palawan, Eduardo Firmalo of Romblon, Alfredo Marañon of Negros Occidental, Edgardo Chatto of Bohol, Daisy Avance-Fuentes of South Cotabato and Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba of Agusan del Norte.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confirmed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer that Sueno had submitted the list to Malacañang.
Sueno said the governors were chosen by the DILG in a 3-stage screening process that started with 41 names that were trimmed to 25 before the 10 were picked. In choosing the 10, an official told the screeners, “When in doubt, don’t give any recommendation at all.”