Five mayors in Palawan are facing complaints before the Ombudsman’s office for failure to establish their Municipal Anti-Illegal Drugs Abuse Council (MADAC).
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, who did not mention their names, said they have already issued directives to them to organize their anti-illegal drugs abuse council, but they failed to comply.
“Despite several directives from the DILG and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), the concerned mayors still failed or refused to comply with the said orders and their towns are among those that are without any organized and functional ADAC,” Año said in a statement.
However, Mario Daquer, provincial director of the DILG in Palawan, said he has not yet received a copy of the complaints against the five Palawan mayors.
“Wala pa kaming natatanggap na papel kaya hindi rin namin alam kung sino ang limang mayors na ‘yan,” Daquer said.
A total of 40 mayors nationwide is facing the same complaint filed by the DILG.
Narra Mayor Lucena Demaala, president of the League of Municipal Mayors in Palawan, said she also does not know who are the mayors who are facing charges.
“Hanggang ngayon wala pa din kaming alam kung sino, nakaraan ko pa rin inaalam. Kung nai-file na sa Ombudsman ay dereliction of duty na ‘yon. Utos kasi talaga ‘yan from the DILG alinsunod sa kampanya ng pangulo laban sa droga. Ang nakikita ko d’yan ay baka na-overlook lang ng mga mayors natin kasi sa dami ng mga ginagawa,” Demaala said.