47 Bicol chairmen turn selves in amid drug war

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Nearly 50 Barangay chairmen in Bicol found it wise not to defy President Rodrigo Duterte’s order for drug offenders to voluntarily surrender.

Bicol Regional Police Director, Chief Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe revealed that 47 village captains have turned themselves in amid Duterte’s aggressive campaign against illegal drugs.

“We expect an increase in the number of these public officials who will surrender as Operations Tokhang and Double Barrel of the Philippine National Police continue,” Buenafe said rather forebodingly.

A Bicol Mail report Thursday said that the 47 captains were part of the 351 public officials who surrendered to authorities from the period of July 1 to October 21.

Of the figure, five were city and municipal councilors.

Buenafe said two of the councilors two were from Albay. There were one each from Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Masbate.

Also included in the number were 202 councilmen, 76 barangay tanod (villagewatchmen), seven barangay treasurers, seven secretaries, four chief watchmen, two staff members, and one Lupon Pambarangay head.