(PRO-9: Know your candidates)More than a hundred in barangay drug list PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 May 2018 15:10

By REMUS ONG

More than a hundred town officials have been included in the PNP regional office’s list of narco-politicians in the barangay level, according to a top PNP regional official.

In a press conference, Police Regional Office-9 Regional Director Chief Supt. Billy Beltran advised voters to know their candidates well to avoid voting candidates in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections who are included in their drug list.

“We know that there are candidates that have links with drug syndicates,” warned Beltran.

Based on PRO-9 records, there are 39 barangay captains and 73 Barangay kagawads in region-9 who are included in the PRO-9 watchlist for illegal drugs.

The  Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) list reportedly includes four barangay captains and three kagawads in the region.

Beltran said that some of these persons are incumbent officials while some are former officials in barangays.

The PRO-9 Regional Director gave the information following a new list of narco-politicians in the national government.

Beltran said that PRO-9 has its own list of officials being monitored for being involved in illegal drugs.

There are reportedly efforts being made to arrest and file charges against these officials, according to Beltran.

“We ask the voter to check their candidate if they are involved and if they know that this candidate is involved, Huwag na nila iboto,” advised Beltran.  (Remus Ong)