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By John Peps Dales
A barangay chairman in Maguindanao is facing a lawsuit after refusing to cooperate with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) drug-clearing program.
During the 2nd quarter joint meeting of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) and the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) in Cotabato City on June 27, PDEA Agent Asnawi Adil Salik pointed out that all barangays in the province of Maguindanao. with the agency to implement the barangay drug clearing program which was refused by the barangay captain.
He added that the Barangay Anti-Drug Council (Badac) should always be active in every barangay. A step like this, Salik affirmed, ensures the success of the national government’s anti-drug campaign programs.
Salik said that out of 37, eight barangays have been declared drug-cleared in Cotabato City.
Cotabato City Mayor Mohammad Bruce Matabalao led the meeting.
Together with other local agencies, Matabalao addresses issues regarding threats to peace and security, gambling operations, drug reform programs, and street cleaning activities.
Despite the resistance of many barangay captains against his leadership as mayor due to politics, he assured his constituents of his service to continue fighting crimes to maintain a safe environment for Cotabateños.
“This is my first year as City Mayor on June 30. We have done a lot and we can do more if anything barangay especially the captains will work LOcAl to manage to ensure that our programs and services are for everyone,” said Matabalao.
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