By Aaron Recuenco
Director Oscar Albayalde, incoming chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), wants voters to demand a voluntary drug test from all the candidates for the barangay elections next month.
Both the decision of the candidates to yield to drug test challenge and its result should serve as one of the criteria for voting the candidates from barangay chairman down to councilors, according to Albayalde.
Albayalde, currently the head of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), also confirmed that they are validating the names of some incumbent barangay officials who are included in the list of those engaged in illegal drugs transactions.
“If I were a candidate for barangay elections, I would volunteer for a drug test if I am not hiding anything,” said Albayalde.
He added that it is the electorate who should demand more from their candidates on the matter pertaining to anti-illegal drugs since it would be the barangay officials who would take care of their safety and security in the end.
As such, he said, there is even no need to pass a law that makes drug test mandatory if the voters themselves would include it in their decisions as to who they would vote for.
It was recalled that the police earlier confirmed that thousands of barangay officials are on the narco-list of President Duterte.
In fact, some of them have already been arrested in various police operations across the country since July 2016.
“We are continuously validating that list and on the part of the voters, I think they should also be educated on who among the candidates, either in the barangay or national level, they should vote for,” said Albayalde.
The barangay elections, which include the Sangguniang Kabataan, is scheduled on May 14 this year, despite several attempts before to postpone it. drugs.