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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 22, 2018
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ĎDonít vote for drug-linked betsí


Barangay officials linked to illegal drugs should not be voted into office, Board Member Annabelle Bermudo, who chairs the Liga ng mga Barangay in Negros Occidental, said yesterday.

“If you are already aware of what they are doing, what should be the reasonfor voting for them?” Bermudo said.

The synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections are scheduled on May 14 this year.

The PNP earlier expressed its support to the awareness drive for rejecting re-electionist barangay officials, who are uncooperative in the government anti-drug campaign.

There are 601 barangays in Negros Occidental, excluding the 62 in Bacolod City, being supervised by Bermudo, as Liga president.

The Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils have been ordered by the Department of Interior and Local Government also to submit lists of drug personalities in their areas, to the PNP and PDEA.

Bermudo said 80 to 90 percent of the barangays in Negros Occidental have established BADACs in their areas.

“We are obliged by the DILG, through the local government units, to create the BADAC, to help combat the illegal drugs problem,”Bermudo said, adding that they are required to submit a monthly report.

“If we fail to do so, we will be held liable by the DILG,” Bermudo said.

DILG provincial officer Carmelo Orbista disclosed Tuesday that barangay captains will be administratively liable,if they fail to submit drug watchlists for their areas, through BADAC.*GPB


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