PNP chief: Releasing barangay narco list helped voters in polls

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 17) — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde said Thursday the release of the barangay narco list somehow helped voters in making intelligent choices during the recently concluded barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

"Unang-una kasi, the barangay election is parang ano yan, mabigat yung kakilala, kaibigan, kapamilya kasi you're speaking of one barangay. Baka malaking pamilya yan. Alam mo naman, basta kapamilya, kahit may hindi ginagawang maganda kung minsan, kinukunsinti. Although hindi natin sinasabi na guilty sila," Albayalde said.

[Translation: First of all, the barangay election, it involves names known among friends, family, because you're speaking of one barangay. Perhaps it's a big family. You know, as long as it's family, even when they're not doing good, they're given consent. Although we are not saying they are guilty.]

He said in Metro Manila, six of 12 barangay officials who are allegedly involved in illegal drugs lost the elections, but could have won if the narcolist was not released.

On the same day, Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez announced all winners in the barangay and SK elections have been proclaimed in their respective areas.

Albayalde also said many factors may have led to the reelection of some barangay officials in the narcolist. These include relatives who voted for them and people who may not be convinced they are involved in illegal drugs.

He added they will continue looking for evidence that will link these officials to illegal drugs so that cases may be filed against them.

Earlier, Albayalde visited the National Capital Region Police Office Headquarters in Taguig City where hundreds of seized prohibited items under the Omnibus Election Code were presented.

These include 126 firearms of different calibers, four grenades, eight firearms replica, 186 bladed weapons, and 453 assorted kinds of ammunition.

Albayalde, the former NCRPO chief, also challenged Metro Manila police officers to perform their jobs well as their division serves as the show window of the entire PNP.

"Ulitin ko sa inyo, kung ano ang nangyari dito sa NCR, ang impression diyan, it happens everywhere. Dahil araw-araw tayo ang nakikita ng tao. Kapag maganda ang showing natin sa labas sa mga tao, ang tingin ng mga tao sa atin sa buong PNP ay maganda," Albayalde said.

[Translation: I'll repeat it for you, what happens here in NCR, the impression is, it happens everywhere. Because we are seen by the people everyday. When we appear to be doing good, everyone will believe that the PNP is good.]