Nueva Ecija town mayor Bote not linked to drugs – DILG

Rambo Talabong
The Department of the Interior and Local Government says General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote is not in the infamous narco-list

AMBUSHED. General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote dies in an ambush on July 3, 2018. Photo from Mabuhay Papaya LGU

MANILA, Philippines – Ferdinand Bote, the mayor of General Tinio town in Nueva Ecija who was shot dead, has no links to illegal drugs, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año announced on Wednesday, July 4.

“Alam mo bilang alkalde ‘yan ay isa na pinakamahirap na government position. Kung ikaw ay sobrang magaling, marami talagang nagpaplano ng masama sa iyo lalo na ‘yung mga criminal underworld, pero si Mayor Bote wala sa narco-list,” Año said in a radio interview.

(Being a mayor is one of the most difficult government positions. If you’re very skilled, people from the criminal underworld will really plan against you, but Mayor Bote is not in the narco-list.)

Bote was shot dead on Tuesday afternoon, July 3, onboard his Toyota Fortuner. His vehicle had just come out of the gate of the National Irrigation Administration office in Cabanatuan City.

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In a separate radio interview on Wednesday, Philippine National Police (PNP) Central Luzon head Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus said they are looking at 3 possible motives behind Bote’s killing.

  1. Grudge from political enemies
  2. Dispute from his family’s quarrying business
  3. Anger over his construction business’ supposed links with government projects

Bote is the 10th mayor to be killed under the administration of mayor-turned-president Rodrigo Duterte. (READ: Mayors, vice mayors killed under Duterte gov’t)

Bote was shot dead just a day after another local chief executive, Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili, was killed by a sniper during a flag ceremony at the city hall.

Unlike Bote, Halili was linked to illegal drugs by the government, and also lost his powers over his city’s local police force in November 2017. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.