‘12 of 601 Negros Brgy. Captains Into Drugs’

Twelve of the 601 village chiefs (barangay captains) in Negros Occidental are into illegal drugs.

Board Member Annabelle Bermudo, provincial chair of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABCs) yesterday said that the number has not yet been verified but is based on talks among the village chiefs themselves.

Bermudo said that she keeps on reminding her fellow barangay officials not to delve into the illegal drug trade.

“I have done my part in constantly reminding them. I told them to join and support the anti-drug campaign of our President,” she said.

She pointed out that if there is no drugs in the barangays, “there will be peace and order.”

She added that barangay officials are now accompanying the police during their Oplan Tokhang operations.

“In 2017 they will pass a resolution on how to deal with members who are caught to be involved in illegal drugs. Those who are caught are not anymore qualified to lead their barangay,” Bermudo pointed out.

She added that right now, there are existing laws that impose penalties on officials who are caught.

Bermudo called on her fellow barangay captains “should set as leaders and examples to their constituents by not involving themselves in illegal drugs.”

She also called on her fellow officials to set aside political differences and focus on serving the people.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., speaking during yesterday’s Christmas Party of the ABC at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center said that he wishes that all barangays in the province “will be drug free.”

“We should focus on what is good and for the development of our constituents,” Marañon said.*