Au­thor­i­ties val­i­dat­ing 8 drug-af­fected barangays

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY MER­LINDA A. PEDROSA

THE Bacolod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO) and the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (Pdea)ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal are now val­i­dat­ing the eight drug-af­fected barangays in Bacolod City.

The said barangays were named by drug sus­pect Ricky Sere­nio as af­fected by il­le­gal drugs.

This was re­vealed by Vice Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran, who led the City Anti-drug Abuse Coun­cil (Cadac) meet­ing in Bacolod City on Fri­day at the Bacolod Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter.

The meet­ing was at­tended by mem­bers of Cadac, the BCPO, PDEA, Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG), De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG), Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI), Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice, among oth­ers.

“It was a very dam­ag­ing state­ment and the barangay of­fi­cials can­not file a case against him (Sere­nio) be­cause he did not men­tion the names of the barangay cap­tains, ex­cept one barangay cap­tain, he added.

Af­ter that state­ment, Fa­mil­iaran said the barangay of­fi­cials are also con­cerned of their fam­i­lies as well as their safety.

He said the barangay cap­tain who was named by Sere­nio in ra­dio in­ter­view can file a li­bel case against him.

Fa­mil­iaran noted that the state­ment of Sere­nio is not clear if the barangay of­fi­cials are in­volved in il­le­gal drugs or there’s an ex­is­tence of il­le­gal drugs within their barangays.

“Let us all be re­spon­si­ble in giv­ing in­for­ma­tion be­cause we have fam­i­lies who will be af­fected on it,” Fa­mil­iaran said.*

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