9,000 barangay chiefs on narco-list—DILG
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s “narco” list includes 9,000 barangay captains, an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Sunday. “The President has decided. He has a list of 9,000 barangay captains who are directly involved [in the drug trade],” said Martin Diño, DILG undersecretary for barangay affairs. “The DILG will definitely move on this issue.” Diño, a former barangay captain, said those linked to drugs would be removed from office. His warning comes two months ahead of barangay elections. Diño said he would not only name the officials, but would remove them immediately and file cases against them so they would rot in jail. He also warned barangay officials to submit their list of drug suspects to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency or face the consequences—a warning, followed by suspension, then removal from office. Earlier, PDEA director Aaron Aquino said there are almost 300 barangay officials linked to illegal drugs. The agency urged the public not to vote for candidates who are involved in illegal drugs in this year’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. “Reject those barangay candidates who are involved in illegal drug activities. They do not deserve the people’s votes,” Aquino said in a statement Sunday.