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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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2 barangay officials tagged
as high value drug targets

A month after taking over the anti-drug operations from the police in Western Visayas, the undermanned Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency reported that it has conducted 10 buy-bust operations in the region, with two in Negros Occidental.

PDEA Region 6 director Wardley Getalla also reported that they confiscated three grams of suspected shabu in Negros Occidental.

Getalla also said that two barangay officials in Negros Occidental have been included in their list of 10 high value targets, and they also came up with a list of the top 10 street level targets in the province.

There are only 10 PDEA agents assigned in Negros Occidental.

Getalla, who previously served as assistant regional director of PDEA in the defunct Negros Island Region, said that if the two barangay officials are not users or pushers, they could be protectors.

He called on Negrenses to support their anti-drug campaign, as they are facing a hard time in their operations due to lack of personnel.

“Still, we will do our utmost best to perform our job, despite difficulties,” Getalla told ABS-CBN Bacolod.

Late last year, a barangay captain in Negros Occidental, who was in the company of suspected drug personalities, was injured in a shoot out with the police in Bacolod City.*GPB



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