Galing Pook: Most barangays are not drug-infested

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 17 2018 05:14 AM | Updated as of Apr 17 2018 10:19 AM

MANILA - Not all villages have officials who are linked to the illegal drug trade, Galing Pook Foundation Executive Director Eddie Dorotan said Monday.

"There's a lot of barangays that are drug free. So I don't believe that there are narco-politicians in this coming barangay elections," he said in an interview on ANC's "Talkback."

Dorotan also said majority of the villages in the country are not drug-infested.

"I don't believe the majority of 42,000 barangays are drug-infested. Maybe these problems are located in the urban areas. In the provinces, there are barangays that are drug-free," he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte had warned there would be more killings if village officials involved in the illegal activity would be elected.

"Kung manalo ang mga barangay captains na backed up ng drug money, eh panibagong away ‘yan, panibagong patayan ‘yan," he said in a speech in Davao City last month.

For former Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, the best option is to file cases against erring village officials.

"By filing cases, you send a signal that you want to rid barangay officials with links to drugs," he said.