96 local execs to face anti-drug charges  – DILG

Marje Pelayo   •   November 12, 2018   •   2691

DILG officials

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) revealed on Monday (November 12) that a total of 96 local government officials are likely to face charges involvement in illegal drugs trade.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the agency is determined to recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte the publication of his watch list of drug personalities especially since the midterm polls are about three months away.

The DILG together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is continuously verifying the said list of so called narco-politcians.

In fact, Año said some of the personalities in the list can already be charged based on evidence acquired by the agency.

The Secretary confirmed it involves some active congressmen.

“Iba ibang level iyan, mayroong cuddling, merong nagto-tolerate, merong mismong involved,” Año said.

“Ang sabi ko nga, PDEA ang maglalabas niyan. Sa akin, we’ll recommend na ilabas natin,” he added.

Meanwhile, Senator Francis Escudero dared the agency to just release the list in the spirit of fairness.

“Kung talagang tiwala sila, kumpyansa sila na may basehan ang listahan na iyon, bakit di nila ilabas para hindi lahat ng local na opisyal, hindi lahat ng congressman ay pagdududahan na nasa listahan o baka nasa listahan. Oportunidad na rin iyon sa sinuman na mapapangalagaan na linisin ang pangalan niya at kasuhan ang sinumang PDEA o DILG na maglalagay ng pangalan doon na walang basehan,” Escudero argued.

The Senator said it is up to the people to decide if an election aspirant is credible enough to be voted for a government position. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Pateros LGU to push for higher penalties on traffic obstructions

Maris Federez   •   August 9, 2019

A barangay outpost located on a sidewalk is dismantled during clearing operations in Pateros.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the local government of Pateros on Thursday (August 8) have joined forces in conducting clearing operations in the whole municipality.

Authorities confiscated illegal vending structures, signages, and made-up kiosks along the sidewalks.

Pateros mayor Ike Ponce said they have given instructions to barangay officials to maintain the roads as obstruction-free.

The LGU has also formed an eagle squad or motorcycle-riding traffic law enforcers to conduct daily roaming in the streets to ensure that there are no obstructions.

The municipal office is also looking into approving ordinances that will increase the penalties for those who will cause obstructions in the streets.

The Pateros LGU is confident that they will be able to meet the 60-day deadline set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to clear the roads within the municipality. (details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

DILG’s 60-day deadline for mayors to clear Metro Manila roads begins

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 29, 2019

Courtesy: Manila PIO

The 60-day deadline imposed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for mayors to clear Metro Manila roads begins today (July 29, 2019).

The DILG has released the memorandum order for the 17 Metro Manila mayors to conduct road clearing operations in their respective cities.

Based on the memorandum, the road clearing operations include removal of illegally parked vehicles and street vendors.

Mayors who are unable to follow the memorandum order will face a two-month preventive suspension.

The DILG is yet to decide how long the suspension will last if a mayor was proven to have negligence in following the said memorandum. He will also face administrative charges.

The department also encourages the public to report, through their hotline: 925-0343, local officials who are not doing their duties.

Meanwhile, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año assures aid for those who will lose their jobs during road clearing operations.

“Mauuna muna ang pagsunod ng batas at iyong mga maapektuhan titingnan natin kung ano ang pwedeng maibigay na assistance, (Following the law should come first. For the affected parties, we will see what kind of assistance we can provide),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

DILG pushes for random drug testing for newly elected government officials

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 18, 2019

Urine drug screening of drug surrenders and local officers in Poblacion,Malita Davao (February 22, 2017) | Courtesy: Cerilo Ebrano / PVI

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will push for random drug testing of newly elected government officials.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año the random drug test will be conducted regularly to ensure that government officials are following the law.

“Para hindi masayang iyong ibinoto ng mga tao natin, (this is so that our votes are not wasted),” he said.

Based on the data of the DILG, there are over 17,000 newly elected officials during the last May elections.

Among the 17,000, there are 37 of them included in the narcolist. The 27 re-elected will have their deputation for police power revoked and their Ombudsman cases will also push through.

“Iyong mga barangay captains titingnan din namin iyong nasa listahan din. Ito wala namang police deputation pero sasampahan namin ng administrative cases and eventually criminal cases, (We will also look into the barangay captains included in the list. They have no police deputation but we will file administrative cases and eventually criminal cases)” Año said.—AAC (with reports from Marisol Montaño)

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