Wednesday, March 14, 2018
ILOILO City – As the May 14 barangay election draws near, it would be prudent for the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to identify barangay officials suspected of involvement in illegal drugs, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
Roque, who was in Alimodia, Iloilo over the weekend for the Himud-os Festival, was reacting to a report that a drug pushing suspect arrested last week in Pavia, Iloilo linked the barangay captain of Bakhaw, Mandurriao district to illegal drugs.
“I-text po sa akin iyang mga pangalan…Ipadadala ko po iyan sa DILG. Sisiguraduhin ko po na sila ay matanggal sa kanilang opisina,” said Roque in a press conference.
The arrested drug pushing suspect was Mary Mae Avelino, 35, of Barangay Cubay, Jaro district. The village official she linked to illegal drugs was Barangay Bakhaw captain Remia Prevendido Gregori, sister of slain drug lord Richard Prevendido.
If Avelino were to be believed, she would sometimes remit the proceeds of her transactions to Gregori’s house.
Gregori denied having anything to do with illegal drugs and insisted that Avelino never stepped into her house.
“Dapat po ngayon pa lang ay isapubliko na ng DILG kung sino iyang mga nasa listahan nila nang magkaroon naman ng basehan ang ating taong bayan kung bakit hindi nila susuportahan ang ilang barangay officials natin,” said Roque.
The barangay election is scheduled this May 14.
According to Avelino, she got her supply of shabu from Gregori’s son Missy.
Gregori, however, claimed she had not seen her son for over a year now.
Sixty-four sachets of shabu valued at P70,000 were seized from Avelino and two other companions – Melbert “Praning” Domanillo, 25, of Barangay Desamparados, Jaro and a 16-year-old lad from Barangay San Isidro, Jaro./PN