A Bacoleño, who is vice chairman of the Department of Interior and Local Government's Task Force Agila, yesterday said they will investigate all past and incumbent local public officials with alleged links to illegal drugs.
DILG Undersecretary for Public Safety Jesus Hinlo Jr. of Bacolod told the DAILY STAR that Task Force Agila, created by Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno, has been tasked to investigate officials from governors down.
The Task Force will investigate local officials already linked by President Rodrigo Duterte to the illegal drug trade and those who will be named in the future, Hinlo said.
Mayor Beda Cañamaque of Basay, who was the lone elected official from the Negros Island Region named by Duterte, has denied involvement in the illegal drug trade.
Hinlo said he did not know if Duterte would link more local officials from NIR to drugs.
Task Force Agila is authorized to demand and receive data on the suspects, coordinate with other government departments, bureaus, agencies, and offices, as well as make recommendations based on its findings, Hinlo said.
Task Force Agila, composed of officials from the DILG, Napolcom and PNP, is headed by DILG Undersecretary for Operations John Castriciones.
Castriciones and Hinlo are both authorized to issue and sign written directives, documents and request letters to accomplish the purposes and functions of the group, Sueno said.*CPG
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