(Second to the left) PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino holding up list of barangay officials allegedly linked to illegal drugs.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has released Monday, April 30, the list baring names of barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drug trade.
The list includes 90 barangay captains and 117 barangay kagawads.
In a statement, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino attested to the accuracy of the list as it “has been validated by four law enforcement intelligence agencies in the country.”
Based on the list, Region 5 has the most number with the 70 barangay officials involved in drugs trade; followed by Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) with 34 and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with 13.
The agency said they are continuously building up evidence against the personalities to further strengthen the case which is expected to be filed in two weeks time.
The disclosure of the list, according to Aquino, is in response to the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
PDEA: 60 barangay officials on ‘narco list’ won in May 14 polls
FILE PHOTO: A barangay election precinct
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) confirmed that 60 from 207 barangay officials on the narcolist won the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.
PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino said 36 of them won as barangay chairmen while 24 won as councilors.
Aquino claimed these officials used drug money to buy votes.
The agency is now preparing for the filing of charges against the said officials with active connections to illegal drug trade. – UNTV News and Rescue
PDEA files charges against Malabon barangay captain
(L-R) PNP-NCRPO PSSupt. Audine Villacon, DILG Usec. Martin Diño, NCR Regional Director Ismael Fajardo, DILG Regional Director Maria Lourdes Agustin
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Friday, May 11, filed criminal and administrative complaints against Alvin Mañalac, barangay chairman of Barangay Tinajeros, Malabon City.
Mañalac is among the more than 200 barangay officials that PDEA named as having links with illegal drug trade.
He is now facing charges in violation of the R.A. 6195 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
According to PDEA National Capital Region Director Ismael Fajardo Jr. the complaint was based on information that the agency’ received from Chinese authorities regarding a shabu laboratory tagged as “Dragon Woo” that was operating in Barangay Tinajeros. The said shabu facility was allegedly owned by Mañalac, who was said to be a member of a drug syndicate called “Golden Triangle.”
Fajardo said investigation against Mañalac is ongoing while the agency is still gathering evidences against other barangay officials on the agency’s narcolist. – Grace Casin |
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PNP eyes ‘tokhang’ vs barangay officials on narco list
(Center) PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will launch “Oplan Tokhang” against barangay officials in the recently released drugs watch list.
PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said they are just waiting for the validated list to be provided by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA.)
As the name suggests, police will knock and ask concerned barangay executives to surrender to authorities.
Drug users will be put under rehabilitation while drug protectors will be investigated before formal charges are filed. Police may also issue a search warrant to homes of those in the list.
Albayalde stressed that Oplan Tokhang being applied to ordinary civilians will also be the same procedure with officials of barangay. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue