PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde urged the residents of Metro Manila to report to the police any person with links to illegal drugs who would file a certificate of candidacy for Baranggay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
According to Albayalde, his men need the cooperation of barangay locals since they are the ones who know who among the residents in their respective barangays have links to the illegal drug trade.
“If they know someone who is running for any elective post in the barangay elections, then they should inform the law enforcement agencies or probably intelligence operatives whom they know so that we can validate it,” Albayalde said.
“This is to prevent those people with links to illegal drugs from being elected,” he added.
There are several barangay officials in the drug watch-list in Metro Manila, said Albayalde.
“We have barangay captains, barangay councilors and even barangay tanod who are in the watchlist. But our validation is continuous,” he said.
Albayalde is personally pleading in seeking help for public cooperation to identify more, especially those who are still on the planning stage of seeking elective barangay posts on May 14.