The Interior department has apologized to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno with regard to the alleged failed response of the LGU to the worsening drug problem in Manila in 2018.
The apology was issued after it had dawned on top Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officials that Moreno wasn’t yet the Mayor of Manila at the time, but Joseph “Erap” Estrada.
Moreno only assumed the reins of City Hall in June 2019, after he defeated Estrada in runaway fashion in the May 2019 local polls.
“We would like to extend our apologies to Mayor Isko Moreno for the erroneous show cause order signed by Undersecretary (Ricojudge) Echiverri’s office,” according to DILG spokesman, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.
The DILG had earlier fired off a show cause order against Moreno in connection with “the Manila city government’s failed mark in the 2018 audit report of the Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ADAC).”
For his part, Echiverri said the said order was an “inadvertent re-issuance.”
He added that it simply showed the poor performance of the local government which was under the previous mayor, Mr. Estrada.
Reports said DILG Secretary Ed Ano ordered the immediate withdrawal of the SCO after the issue caused negative reactions in the media, to the detriment of the department.
Usec. Malaya reiterated that the show cause order was bereft of political motivation, and that the DILG is fair in all its dealing with the various local government units.
Interestingly enough, rumors are swirling about that Moreno, who is immensely popular among voters due to his down-to-earth style of public service, may run for president in the 2022 polls.
This was amplified after he resigned from the pro-administration National Unity Party (NUP) and announced he was joining the more progressive Aksyon Demokratiko (AD).