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Duterte enjoins new village chiefs to ensure implementation of efforts vs illegal drugs

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected Punong Barangays of Central Luzon at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on June 12, 2018, urges the village chiefs to follow his pursuit of protecting the people and preserving the nation. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, June 12, instructed the barangay captains in Region III (Central Luzon) to ensure the establishment and operation of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

In a ceremony at the ASEAN Convention Center here, President Duterte swore in 2,854 newly elected punong barangays.

“As you advocate for the sectors you represent, I enjoin the newly elected barangays to ensure the implementation of the anti-illegal drug efforts such as the establishment and operation of their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council,” he said in his speech.

At the same time, the Chief Executive said he is considering allowing the village chiefs to carry firearms.

“I might consider arming you. If I think in my assessment and evaluation, at tatanungin ko ‘yung police pati ‘yung intelligence community, if you are really into it, the crime, I will support you and I may grant you possession and to carry your firearms,” he said.

The Chief Executive likewise urged the newly elected officials to work closely with the national government in creating solutions that not only respond to the needs of the citizens, but also restore the Filipinos’ faith and confidence in leaders’ and institutions’ capacity to serve.

During his speech, the President expressed gratitude to the village chiefs for accepting the challenge of public service “at a crucial moment in our nation’s history.”

“As you take your oath of office and swear in front of your family and supporters, and may I add, before God and people, I trust that you will uphold excellence, accountability, and transparency in your respective offices,” he said.

The Chief Executive told them to set aside personal interest and reminded them of the obligation to serve their countrymen with humility and lead with integrity.

“Keep in mind that you are operating within the context of a nation. Let us set aside our personal interest as we selflessly and tirelessly fulfill the duties and responsibilities that come with our positions,” he said.

“We owe it to the Filipino people to serve with humility and lead with integrity. Our fight against criminality, corruption, and illegal drugs continues,” he further said.

He also explained to barangay captains that in order to create progress that is truly substantial and sustainable, “we must demonstrate the passion and determination to secure and improve the lives of our people.”

“I have the greatest trust in the experience and ability that each one of you possess. Together, let us use this opportunity to bring valuable and meaningful reforms in our bureaucracy so that we can get rid of society’s ills and usher in real and lasting change for the benefit of the people,” he added. ### (PND)