By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
Fifty-one more mayors have been charged before the Office of the Ombudsman for their failure to organize their respective anti-drug abuse councils (ADACs).
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary for External and Legislative Affairs Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri filed Wednesday the complaint for misconduct and dereliction of duty against the mayors for their respective low-performing and unorganized ADACs.
Of the 51 mayors, nine have been implicated in drug trade while having low-functioning ADACs.
In the complaint-affidavit, Echiverri highlighted the joint memorandum between the DILG and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) on May 21, 2018 enjoining all local government units (LGUs) to form their ADACs.
Echiverri said the mayor’s failure to organize their ADACs is a ground for the Ombudsman to “discipline, suspend, or remove” them from office.
“The respondent committed administrative offense by his deliberate refusal to create the local ADAC. Had it been that the respondent intended to comply, he can easily [create] the local ADAC, but failed to do so,” the complaint read.
The first batch of complaints from the DILG was filed on March 14, followed by a second batch on March 20.