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Beng asks voters: Choose ‘drug-free’ b’gay officials

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Mayor Beng Climaco has echoed President Duterte’s recent pronouncement, urging voters to choose only candidates in the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, who are not involved in the illegal drug trade.

Climaco issued the statement in the wake of a report that implicated one of the city’s barangay chairmen and a kagawad in the so-called Narco list released by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

However, the mayor was quick to say that PDEA’s Narco list must be reviewed and verified thoroughly and she urged people not to jump into conclusion as those mentioned in the list deserve due process.

“When the list was presented to me, I immediately asked Dr. Apolinario (CDRRMO head) to verify and I even asked PDEA and DILG for guidance,” Climaco said on GBPI TV-11’s “Dateline Teleradyo” yesterday morning.

“We really tread on (the issue) very cautiously. Number one above always, we have to observe due process and we also do not tolerate or condone illegal drug abuse, especially among barangay officials,” she stressed.

According to her, the guidance of PDEA and DILG is that they will file the necessary charges against erring public officials “without due prejudice con aquellos maga inocente.”

The mayor was also saying that Councilor Jerry Perez, being president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, had conducted drug test on all barangay officials and it was found out that a number of them were tested positive for illegal drugs yet their names were not included in the so-called Narco list.

This, she said, prompted PDEA to declare that they really need to review thoroughly the Narco list for possible mistakes as those found positive in drug test were not in the list.

‘So you see, it’s really a lesson learned that we do not jump into conclusion but we will not also wash our hands, especially for those erring officials. Even the DILG have been telling us to be discriminating in the selection of barangay officials. ‘No mas kita bota con aquellos maga officiales que embuelto na droga prohibido,” the mayor said.

She further said on the part of the city government, all 98 barangays have just accomplished the submission of their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) plans with the end in view of coming up with cleansing and rehabilitation programs using the city’s budget.

“We will have to work together with PDEA and PNP to address the drug abuse problem in the community. So we are making it clear that the city government support Pres. Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs and it’s high time that we, as barangay officials and elected officials, continue our fight by being very active and pro-active in stopping the proliferation of illegal drugs in the community,” Climaco said.

The bottom line, however, the chief executive pointed out that the main concern now is that the Narco list “que ya dale al gobierno nacional necesita gayod gane sila asegura, pero tieene tambien quita on the ground ta continua pa el proliferacion del cuantos oficiales envuelto na droga prohibido.”

“Na Mayo 14, escuji gayot enbuenamente con el maga oficiales del barangay. Aquellos que tiene maga record na droga, no devia mas sila sirvi con el di aton comunidad,” Climaco said in Chavacano.-(Vic Larato)/FILE PHOTO

Last Updated on Friday, 04 May 2018 15:21