Benguet Guv wants verification of barangay “narco list”

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 7 (PIA) -- Benguet Governor Crescencio Pacalso called on authorities to verify names in the “narco list” recently released by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.


Pacalso said the release to the public of the more than 200 barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drug activities should be verified and validated first to ensure that they are really involved in illegal activities.

“What we would ask from the PNP is to verify, not immediately rely on the report but verify particularly public officials. Sometimes if it’s public official, it could be politically motivated so they should look into that but in all, everything should be verified first,” said the Governor in an interview during the Benguet Peace and Order Council meeting last week.

Barely two weeks before the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, the PDEA released the “narco list” with 207 names of incumbent and former barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drug activities.

PDEA Director Aaron Aquino said they made the list public upon the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte. He said the "narco list" has been validated by four law enforcement agencies.

Out of the 207 in the “narco list,” 117 are barangay kagawads while 90 are barangay chairpersons. At least 34 of the identified individuals are from the Cordillera Region.

Although no barangay official was identified in the province of Benguet, Pacalso said that there is still a need to verify the “narco list” before it was publicized to ensure that these officials would be filed cases in courts.

“Verification and validation of the list is very important to ensure that no innocent people would have been included in the new “narco list” of barangay officials,” he added.

In the past reports, individuals from Benguet were included in the list of marijuana cultivators but the province has been working very hard to eradicate marijuana plantations in the boundaries of Benguet, Ilocos Sur and La Union.

Pacalso added that the local government units have been working together with the various law enforcement agencies and the military to make the province as a drug-free and drug-cleared province.

Meanwhile, Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said that it was unfortunate that two barangay council members from two barangays in Baguio were included in the “narco list.”

Domogan said that one of the identified kagawad already appeared to him to clear his name. He advised the kagawad to appear to the law enforcement agencies and secure certification and affidavit to clear his name and be erased from the “narco list.” Redjie Melvic Cawis (ALT/RMC- PIA CAR)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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