Do not use anti-drug cam­paign for pol­i­tics

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

MABALACAT CITY — Mayor Marino Mo­rales hailed Pres­i­dent Duterte for his in­ten­sive and ac­tive im­ple men­ta­tion of pro­grams to erad­i­cate il­le­gal drugs in the coun­try.

“Kaisa po ang Mabalacat City sa hangarin ng ma­hal ng Pan­gulo at asa­han po ninyo ang tu­loy-tu­loy at agarang aksyon para sug­puin ang il­le­gal na droga,” Mo­rales said.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Ju­ritz Rara, city’s chief of po­lice, ear­lier dis­closed that 11 out of 27 barangays in Mabalacat are now drug-free. The vil­lages will re­ceive a P1-mil­lion worth of project each from the city gov­ern­ment.

Barangays Santo Rosario, Sta. Maria, Man­galit, Par­alayu­nan, Bundagul , Sa­pang Balen, Mawaque Re­set­tle­ment, Sta. Ines, Ma­ca­pa­gal Vil­lage, Calumpang, Ca­cu­tud have passed the 14 pa­ram­e­ters

MASANTOL - An of­fi­cial from the Pam­panga Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (PPPO) re­cently re­minded elected of­fi­cials to re­frain from us­ing the cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs to de­mor­al­ize their po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents.

PPPO Deputy Pro­vin­cial Di­rec­tor for Ad­min­is­tra­tion My­lene Domingo made the pro­nounce­ment dur­ing the dec­la­ra­tion

last term, for all the elected of­fi­cials from the barangay level to mu­nic­i­pal and pro­vin­cial to per­fect and pol­ish their ex­pen­di­tures un­der the right guide­lines. I want that to be my legacy also,” Gov­er­nor Pineda said.

She also said that she wants of­fi­cials to be prop­erly ed­u­cated for ac­count­abil­ity and re­spon­si­bil­ity in han­dling public funds so to avoid any is­sues and charges.

Gov­er­nor Pineda also em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of hav­ing an of­fice con­ducive for work.

The said build­ing’s con­struc­tion only lasted for 10 months, since its ground­break­ing last Fe­bru­ary 29 of the same year. The PSAO project is es­ti­mated to cost at around P30-mil­lion.

COA Chair­per­son Michael Aguinaldo thanked the gov­er­nor for the new PSAO build­ing. He also said that this will greatly help in their job guard­ing waste­ful ex­pen­di­ture.

“COA on its own will not help the coun­try achieve progress. We’re just one part of the many parts that are nec­es­sary to be work­ing for the coun­try to move for­ward,” he added.

With them dur­ing the inau­gu­ra­tion were Vice-Gov­er­nor Den­nis “Delta” Pineda, pro­vin­cial board mem­bers and gov­ern­ment heads, City of San Fer­nando Mayor Ed­win “Edsa” San­ti­ago and COA-3 Di­rec­tor Co­ra­zon Gomez.

— Philip Ocampo/ Pam­panga PIO

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