The police are validating reports that two to four barangay officials in Bacolod City have been involved in illegal drugs since last year.
Police Lt. Col. Ariel Pico, Bacolod City Police Office public information officer, said yesterday that the names of these barangay officials were reported to the police by confidential informersin the barangays.
“Our Oplan Tokhang is ongoing and it is up for them to surrender or to change totally as the campaign against illegal drugs is still our number one priority,” Pico said.
He said they are not the judge here, and they are not accusing anyone but they are appealing to those in the list that,as early as now, they shouldsurrender themselves to the authorities.
When those involved surrender, they should make sure that they also change totally since monitoring them is continuous, especially those who are undergoing the community-based drug rehabilitation program, and the Tokhang surrenderers, he said.
“Our Tokhang continues as long as President Rodrigo Duterte is our president, and the war on drugs is still the number one priority of the Philippine National Police,” Pico said.
They can go to any police unit here or toother regions, if they feel uncomfortable here, to clear their names, he said.
The submission of a confidential list per barangay is being done daily and weekly for the 61 barangays, but the names are yet to be subjected for verification through coordination with other government agencies, such as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and confidential assets, Pico also said.
This is to make sure that the report is true and is not done purposely to destroy someone’s reputation, Pico added.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday that they wish that the authorities could give them a copy of the list so they can make their assessment and warn those involved to reform and change their course of action.*
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