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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, February 4, 2019
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Emergency anti-drugs meet held


The Bacolod City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) held an emergency meeting Friday on the request of the Liga ng mga Barangay concerning the case of eight barangays in Bacolod City reported to be actively involved in illegal drug activities.

Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said there were eight barangays mentioned in a radio interview by a whistleblower, but only one barangay captain was named.

So they invited the members of CADAC, Public Attorney’s Office, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and other government agencies to the meeting, he said.

Familiaran said the barangay officials whose barangays were mentioned were advised to continue with their official functions.

Except for Singcang Barangay Captain Rosinie Distrito, other barangays cannot file libel charges since their names were not mentioned by the whistle blower, he said.

But there are also instances where the concerned barangays captains are being attacked on social media for their alleged involvement in illegal drugs, he added.

Councilor Lady Gles Gonzales-Palen, president of the Liga, said they are happy that their request to hold an emergency CADAC meeting was granted.

She said she expects that after their meeting with CADAC, the involvement of the barangays in the anti-drugs abuse campaign will be 100 percent.

Palen said about 60 percent of the barangays have been supportive of their anti-drug campaign through their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

So she sent the barangays notifications last month reminding their barangay captains to actively and punctually submit their drug-clearing reports, she said.

The barangay captains involved are concerned for their safety and that of their families, she added.*


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