MANILA—Nine thousand barangay chiefs are on President Rodrigo Duterte's "narco-list," an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Saturday.
Martin Diño, the department undersecretary for barangay affairs, made the announcement 2 months before the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections and warned village chiefs, "wala nang forever sa barangay."
"Desidido si president. Hawak niya 9,000 na barangay captains directly involved 9,000 na kapitan. Definitely gagalaw na ang DILG most especially sa issue na 'yan," he said.
Diño, a former barangay captain, said officials linked to drugs will be removed from office.
"Hindi lang ilalabas, tatanggalin ko na lang sila, mas gusto kong makasuhan, mabulok sila sa kulungan dahil, unang-una, pinagkatiwalaan sila ng mga tao tapos ganito gagawin nila, magmamalabis sila," he said.
Diño's announcement came after Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director Aaron Aquino said there are almost 300 barangay officials linked to illegal drugs.
Diño also warned barangay officials who will fail to submit their respective barangay drug watch-lists by March 21, saying it is mandatory.
"Tama ang ating chief of PDEA. Ang mga hindi magsa-submit dito, 'yung mga directly involved. Kailangan within a week mag-submit sila kung hindi sila magsa-submit, warning. On the second week, suspension na. On the third week, subject for removal from office," he said.
All barangay chiefs are also required to submit an inventory of their barangay's supplies and equipment so the DILG can monitor their use of public funds, Diño said.