By Zaldy C. Comanda
La Trinidad, Benguet — Fourteen newly-elected barangay officials in Abra who have been tagged by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as alleged “narco-politicians” voluntarily presented themselves to the Police Regional Office-Cordillera headquarters at Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet last Friday.
Accompanied by Abra Governor Maria Jocelyn Bernos, the 14 alleged narco-politicians who won in the recent elections composed of five barangay chairmen and nine barangay kagawad or councilmen.
Chief Superintendent Rolando Nana, regional director (RD) of the PRO-Cordillera, confirmed that some of the 14 had undergone community-based programs as part of their reformation after they surrendered to the police at the onset of Oplan Tokhang in 2016.
Gov. Bernos, who took the initiative to convince the 14 to present themselves to the PRO-Cordillera, said all of these barangay officials are now challenged to show that they are worthy to serve their communities and deserve the people’s trust.
She said they support the government’s drive against illegal drugs and hope the PDEA would exonerate them.