No narco-politics in Davao region

By Anthony S. Allada

AN official of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has ruled out the possibility that there is narco-politics in the Davao region.

PDEA regional director Emerson Rosales said that as far as their monitoring and surveillance operations are concerned they have found out that there are no big time drug syndicates involving politicians and government officials.

“When we say narco-politics, those involved are those who are using drug money for the campaigns or using drug money as a key in a public office,” Rosales told reporters Tuesday morning during a press briefing at the Criminal Investigation Detection Group (CIDG) 11.

He admitted that they arrested barangay and municipal councilors involved in illegal drugs but they could not be considered big fish or big time.

“They were either only users or pushers but just small time,” he said.

The revelation came after joint operatives of PDEA, CIDG, Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office and Governor Generoso Municipal Police Station arrested three drug personalities who yielded P1-million worth of shabu during two raids in the hinterlands of Barangay Kabebe, Gov. Generoso.

Rosales said that the suspects had nothing to do with politicians in the area but confirmed that their cohorts may come from Cotabato City, which was identified as the source of shabu.

Last September 2012, Rosales was quoted as saying that they were monitoring reports on the existence of narco-politics in the region. (ASA)

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