Cabinet Sec. Leoncio Evasco, Jr. on Tuesday expressed certainty that there will be Bohol government officials included in Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s “narco list”, citing widespread drug activities in the province.
The statement was issued by Evasco through DYRD “Inyong Alagad” a day prior to the meeting of the country’s mayors with Duterte at Malacañang today at 2 p.m.
Evasco said that even officials who have been ineffective in battling illegal drug activities and allowed narcotics trade to flourish in their respective areas will be included in the President’s list.
According to Evasco, Duterte remains baffled by the proliferation of illegal drugs in Bohol despite Boholanos being known to be “religious and conservative”.
Based on data from the Bohol Provincial Police Office, Bohol recorded more than 33,000 drug personalities who surrendered under Oplan Tokhang and admitted to either using or peddling drugs.
The figure of surrenderees is reportedly the highest among provinces in Central Visayas.
Evasco also confirmed that the meeting in Malacañang among mayors and Duterte today would tackle drug-related issues as the President already has the list of drug-linked individuals.
Around 1,400 mayors from across the country with more than a hundred from Central Visayas are expected to be in Malacañang today.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government had noted that the mayors are not allowed to send proxies in their stead. (Allen Doydora)