Yari! Malabon village chief slapped with drug charges

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Friday filed multiple drug charges against a Malabon City barangay chairman before the Office of the Ombudsman.

PDEA National Capital Region director Ismael Fajardo Jr. charged Barangay Tinajeros chairman Alvin Mañalac for his alleged negligence regarding the drug laboratory operating in his area.

Mañalac was charged with violation of Sections 5, 6, 8, 32, and 39 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

He was also slapped with falsification by public officer and administrative charges of gross negligence, gross neglect of duty, grave misconduct, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, and violation of the Local Government Code.

Fajardo said Mañalac is one of the 207 barangay officials presented by PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino who were allegedly involved in illegal drugs.

“The charges stemmed from the discovery of a clandestine laboratory in Barangay Tinajeros, Malabon City on April 13, 2018,” Fajardo said.

“The failure of Mr. Mañalac, as barangay chairman to identify pushers and users in his barangay prior to the search warrant implementation constitutes an act of being a protector or coddler,” he added.

Fajardo stressed that Mañalac’s inaction already made him criminally liable even if he has no links to illegal drugs.

“Kung nalaman ng PDEA at ‘di mo alam… supposed to be alam ng barangay ‘yan. Kung makikita niyo, ‘yung drug lab napakalapit sa barangay hall. It is really impossible na hindi mo ma-monitor,” he said.

Mañalac is seeking reelection in the upcoming barangay elections on May 14.