New barangay, SK of­fi­cials warned on drugs; grafters have to go – DU30

Manila Bulletin - - Views • Features - By FRED LOBO

MALA­CAÑANG has con­grat­u­lated the 19,756 newly elected barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan (SK) of­fi­cials in the first elec­tions held un­der the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion.

But in­ves­ti­ga­tions will con­tinue against win­ners linked to il­le­gal drugs, it said.

*** Pres­i­dent Duterte warned two more Cab­i­net of­fi­cials to re­sign or face ouster for cor­rup­tion charges.

Stay clean or just go, Duterte warned anew.

*** Pres­i­den­tial spokesman Harry Roque said “The Palace wishes to con­grat­u­late all the duly elected barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan of­fi­cials.”

“This is the first demo­cratic elec­toral ex­er­cise un­der the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion, and we thank ev­ery­one for the full sup­port in co­op­er­a­tion in en­sur­ing that the 2018 Barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan elec­tions had been rel­a­tively peaceful and or­derly in all re­gions of the coun­try,” he added.


But PNP chief Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Os­car Al­bay­alde said in a press brief­ing the po­lice will still con­duct a case build-up against win­ners who are in­cluded in the drugs watch list.

“We will check this one by one if they have in­volve­ment in any il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­i­ties,” Al­bay­alde warned.

*** The PNP chief said he has al­ready or­dered the Po­lice Drug En­force­ment Group (PDEG) and the re­gional drug en­force­ment units to look into the pro­file of the pro­claimed win­ner.

“If needed, we can al­ways con­duct a ‘Tokhang’ (knock and plead) op­er­a­tion. They are not en­ti­tled to some kind of pro­tec­tion even if they win in the elec­tions,” he added.

*** “If they want to sur­ren­der as early as now, bet­ter. But like what I’ve said, they can al­ways sub­ject them­selves for ad­ju­di­ca­tion. If they don’t, then we can al­ways con­duct an op­er­a­tion,” Al­bay­alde said. Fair warn­ing.

*** Al­bay­alde said the PNP will work in close co­or­di­na­tion with the PDEA, the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) and the Na­tional Youth Com­mis­sion (NYC).

“Our in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing will play a vi­tal role,” he warned.

*** .Pres­i­dent Duterte has asked two de­part­ment as­sis­tant sec­re­taries to re­sign or else face dis­missal over cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions. Time to go, The Pun­isher said.

*** Pres­i­den­tial spokesman Harry Roque said the res­ig­na­tions of As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Mosle­men Macaram­bon Sr. of the De­part­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) and As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Tin­ga­gun Umpa of the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways have been sought by the Pres­i­dent fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted by the Pres­i­den­tial An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (PACC).

“The Pres­i­dent has ad­vised them to ten­der their res­ig­na­tion or face ter­mi­na­tion for cor­rup­tion,” Roque said.

*** Roque said that based on the PACC probe, Macaram­bon has been al­legedly “in­ter­ven­ing on be­half of sus­pected smug­glers of gold and other pre­cious jew­elry at the NAIA while Umpa has been ac­cused of al­legedly de­mand­ing kick­backs from con­trac­tors of projects in the Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao (ARMM). The two de­nied the charges.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted in­di­cates they may have com­mit­ted grave abuse of power or acts of cor­rup­tion, among oth­ers,” Roque said.


Roque added that the Pres­i­dent’s warn­ing against graft and cor­rup­tion and other wrong­do­ing should be strictly heeded by pub­lic of­fi­cilas or Mala­canang and the Om­buds­man act ac­cord­ingly.

Trans­la­tion: Be­ware of graft! Pub­lic of­fice is a pub­lic trust, not pub­lic trash.

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