Erap: 32 Manila barangay officials in drug watchlist

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Thirty-two barangay officials in Manila, from chairmen to kagawad, are currently in the drug watchlist provided by the local police to Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, including the Malate barangay chief who was shot and killed last Friday.

This as the Manila Police District (MPD) announced it has already established the identity of the gunman behind the killing of Barangay 751, Zone 81 chairman Angelito Sarmiento on May 26.

“May 32 kaming mino-monitor, Chairman Sarmiento was one of them,” Estrada said after being briefed by MPD director Chief Supt. Joel Coronel about the city police’s operations against illegal drugs.

“Mino-monitor natin sila so in time we’ll come up with latest reports,” the Manila mayor added.

Only last October, Estrada bared he already has his own “narco-list” of city officials who are either drug users or in cahoots with drug traffickers. He said “a few” in the barangay level have already been confirmed to be on drugs.

Nevertheless, Estrada directed Coronel to continue investigating the case of Sarmiento, who was shot dead by unidentified assailants inside his house at the corner of Leyte and A. Francisco streets in Malate last Friday.

Coronel, in an interview yesterday, confirmed Sarmiento was in the MPD’s drug list of barangay officials involved in drugs.

“We have been following up leads and it all point out to illegal drugs. Na-involved siya sa drug pushing and it appears binalikan siya,” the MPD chief pointed out.#