Erap to fire brgy chiefs linked to drugs

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Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has threatened to fire barangay officials if they would not cut suspected ties with drug lords in the country.

Estrada issued the stern warning as the investigation and surveillance of barangay heads suspected of involvement in drugs is nearing completion.

“Ngayon pa lang sinasabi ko na sa inyong agad silang matatanggal sa puwesto. Walang second chances sa usaping ito. Sa presinto na lang sila magpaliwanag,” Estrada said.

The former president said the Manila Police District (MPD) is presently preparing the charges against these unscrupulous barangay chairmen, who are either in the payola of drug syndicates or directly involved in drug trade.

“Hindi sila puwedeng manatiling pinuno, dahil sila mismo ang sisira sa kanilang komunidad,” Estrada stressed.

Last May, the mayor disclosed that 32 barangay officials in Manila, from chairmen to kagawad, are currently in the drug watch list provided by the local police.