'Bato' reminds barangay officials on anti-drug council requirement

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 12 2018 12:56 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa answers questions during a press conference at Camp Crame. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Barangay officials whose jurisdictions don't have anti-illegal drug councils face possible administrative charges, the chief of the Philippine National Police said Monday.

All villages are required to allocate a portion of their annual budget for the creation of a Barangay Drug Abuse Council or BADAC, said Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa said

Dela Rosa said 12,000 of the total 42,000 barangay across the country do not have a functioning BADAC based on data from the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

"Dalawa lang ang implication: hindi in-organize ng barangay officials dahil either takot sila kalabanin ang sindikato. Bakit ka pa nagpa-elect kung takot ka lumabas? O baka pasok sila sa sindikato," Dela Rosa said.

(There can only be two implications of not organizing, either the barangay officials are afraid of the syndicate or they're part of the syndicate.)

According to data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, 289 barangay officials, composed of 143 chairmen and 146 kagawad, are allegedly in on the drug trade.

"It is our moral obligation to inform the public. Itong mga taong ito involved sa droga. H'wag na ninyong iboto," Dela Rosa said.

(Don't vote for those who are involved in drugs.)