No narcopolitikos among Metro Manila mayors; only councilors, village officials involved in illegal drugs – Albayalde
The chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday said there are no Metro Manila mayors included in the so-called list of narco-politicians.
“Walang naka-list from mayor pataas. We have no list. Walang kasama doon sa listahan na from mayor pataas,” NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde told reporters at a Palace briefing.
“Kung sa level ang pinaguusapan, if we’ll talk about the list of the President, mayors pataas, wala doon sa listahan niya,” he added.
However, he said a lot of barangay officials and some city councilors are involved in the illegal drugs trade.
“But barangay captains down, we have, ‘yung councilors. Of course, yes mga city councilors meron. Doon sa original or doon sa list coming from the President, meron,” the NCRPO chief said.
“And remember, here in Metro Manila, we have arrested barangay officials already involved in illegal drugs. So it’s not far-fetched that there are still or there are more politicians, probably barangay councilor or city councilors down, involved in illegal drugs,” Albayalde said.
He clarified though that some of the local officials they were monitoring were not directly involved in the drug trade but, nevertheless, were “tolerating” the illegal activities of their constituents.
“Dahil alam naman natin kung minsan ‘no this politics in our country, so kung minsan kahit mali na ’yung ginagawa ng isang tao because of the vote, eh tino-tolerate ng ating mga local officials,” he said.
Albayalde’s statements were issued following the death of Ozamis City Mayor Reynaldo Parajinog Sr. in a pre-dawn raid last Sunday.
According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Parojinog and 11 others were killed in a shootout between the mayor’s security team and police serving search warrants at several of the Parojinog family’s properties in Barangays Baybay San Roque and Baybay Santa Cruz of the city at around 2:30 a.m.
Parojinog and several of his family members were earlier tagged by President Duterte as part of the narco-politicians operating in Mindanao.
Late last year, President Rodrigo Duterte came out with a list of government officials — from barangay officials and mayors to governors, including members of the judiciary and prosecutors — allegedly involved in illegal drugs.