- The DILG stated that they will go after barangay officials who are in their narco list and failed to organize anti-drug campaign
- Secretary Jonathan Malaya said filing charges is better than revealing their names since the list needs to be validated
- Duterte announced last year that over 40% of barangay captains are involved in illegal drugs
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) already warned that they will now be going down in the barangay level to press charges against officials who are involved in illegal drugs. This includes those who are users, pusher and defenders of the illegal trade.
DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya revealed with ABS-CBN that charges will be filed against barangay officials who failed to organize Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).
Malaya reiterated that this was a direct order from DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo Año.
He clarified, “‘Pag ‘yung barangay official ay nasa drugs watchlist at hindi pa niya inoorganisa ang BADAC niya—especially kapitan siya—sasampahan siya ng kaukulang kaso ng DILG.”
[If the barangay official is included in the drug watch list and he didn’t organize the BADAC, especially if he is a captain, he will be charged by DILG]
Malaya added that filing charges against suspected officials is better than releasing their names publicly because their narco list still needs to be validated by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Last year, President Duterte stated that as much as 40% of barangay captains are involved in illegal drugs.