Agencies dismiss charges vs. guv allegedly linked to drugs

TAGBILARAN CITY – The Bohol Provincial Police Office and the provincial office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) came in rescue to the beleaguered Capitol officials who were recently under fire in social media, allegedly linking them to illegal drugs.

Both agencies bluntly junked allegation that Gov. Edgar Chatto and provincial administrator Alfonso Damalerio II are reportedly drug protectors, according to news release.

Reports said that illegal drug has become a hot political issue allegedly capitalized by the Capitol detractors as the election is fast approaching.

Provincial director Col Dennis Agustin and provincial director Loisella Lucino reportedly issued denial on Capitol officials alleged link to drugs.

Lucino cited Chatto’s performance, saying the governor “holds the distinction of the only governor in Central Visayas that convenes the PPOC every month,” the statement said.

Agustin also reportedly told a press conference the other day that he’s grateful to both the governor and the provincial administrator for the latter’s support in the fight against illegal drugs.

It will be recalled that Chatto highlighted his resolve, “The drug problem is something that the Provincial Government takes very seriously” in his State of the Province Address (SOPA) in February this year.

He said eradicating drugs by all means possible is very important for “inclusive growth is not possible without peace and order.”

“Let it be known that the Provincial Government is serious about fighting illegal drugs. We are doing, and will continue to do what it takes to eliminate this threat to the Boholano community.”

He said that continuing coordination with law enforcers, the police led by Agustin and Armed Forces of the Philippines by Col. Arnulfo Matanguihan and other law enforcement agencies is one of the strategies.

“Thus, we continue to vigorously campaign against illegal drugs through the joint efforts of the PNP, PDEA, NBI, LGUs and other stakeholders. This means attacking the problem from many angles and using different strategies, such as: Supply reduction; Test-buy, buy-bust, and surveillance operations; Arrest of persons involved in illegal drugs; Confiscation of illegal substances; and the Filing of appropriate cases in court. This also includes Demand reduction, through Drug awareness programs, IECs, and symposia for: Barangay Officials; parents, teachers, high school and college students; household heads; probationers, parolees, and pardonees; Barangay Assemblies, the Liga ng mga barangay; and the Organization of Barkada Kontra Droga.”

Chatto said he signed an Executive Order creating Joint Task Force Dagon as part of the convergence strategy. The task group is composed of “TG Banat on Anti-Illegal Drugs; TG Luwas-Kinabuhi on Disaster Response; TG Turista on Tourism Security; TG Palusot on Anti-Smuggling; TG Kinaiyahan on Environmental ProtectIon; TG Kalinaw on Internal Security; TG Kadalanan on Traffic; TG Kadagatan on Maritime Security; and TG Kontra-Krimen on Anti-Criminality.” (rvo)

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