Former, incumbent mayors on drug list surrender to PNP Chief

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A former mayor and a current mayor of two municipalities in Lanao Del Sur voluntarily surrendered to Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa on Friday in connection with their alleged links to the illegal drug trade in the country.

Dela Rosa presented former Marantao Mayor Muhammad Ali Abu Abinal and Maguing Mayor Mamaulan Molok to the media at Camp Crame later in the day.

"Inamin namin [na] noong 2001[to] 2002 na kasama kami sa droga," Abinal said. [Translation: We admitted that from 2001 to 2002, we were involved in drugs.]

Dlea Rosa said they surrendered because "they received information that they are in the watch list of the president… in the 23 mayors who are linked to the drug trade."

According to Dela Rosa, Abinal and Molok said they were not involved in illegal drugs in their localities — but instead were linked to operations outside their municipalities, even as far as Quiapo in Manila.

The PNP Chief said they would be turned over to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to get statements and information for future reference.

Dela Rosa said the two were "downlines" of suspected drug supplier Johaira "Marimar" Macabuat, a former mayor of Maguing. She was arrested in Cagayan De Oro last week.

"They promised to cooperate wholeheartedly. Ilalahad nila lahat ng mga nilalaman nila… sa CIDG," the PNP Chief said.

[Translation: They will spill everything to the CIDG.]

Dela Rosa added that another mayor — from Buadiposo-Buntong, Lanao del Sur — had also promised to surrender on Monday. He did not specify if the official would either be incumbent Noron Dadayan or a former mayor.