Comelec control urged for narco-infested LGUs

 

By Francisco Benjamin Garcia

 

Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, chairman of the committee on public information at the lower house has urged that narco-infested local government units be placed under the control of the Commission on Elections.

 

Herrera-Dy of the Bagong Henerasyon Partylist urged the Philippine National Police and the Department of Interior and Local Government to recommend to Comelec the LGUs to be placed under its control because of the pervasive public safety and security dangers including illegal drugs and “narco-politics.”

 

The COMELEC should then inform the public which barangays, towns, cities, or provinces will be placed under its full control to preempt any peace and order threats and save lives.

 

 “All of us may recall that one of the reasons why the President Rodrigo R. Duterte wanted to postpone Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections was to give the government enough time to address the drug problem at the barangay level,” she stressed.

 

She said the government suspects that the  drug syndicates would just lure aspiring village executives had the Barangay and SK elections continued last Octobe.

 

"If we call for a barangay election now, the drug people will win. They have the money; they can buy the municipal mayors who are really into it. It will begin to produce more shabu so they can win," President Duterte was quoted saying,” she said.

 

The Comelec has set the resumption of the system of continuing registration of voters for the May 2018 Barangay and SK elections from November 6, 2017 to November 30, 2017.

 



 

 

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