NAGA CITY, April 4 (PNA) —- President Rodrigo Duterte’s public pronouncement to appoint a “punong barangay” or barangay chairman (village chief) was opposed Tuesday by the Naga City Council which issued a collective motion citing that 40 percent of the village heads all over the country have been found to be allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade, either as so-called users or pushers.
Resolution No. 2017 of the city council sees the idea of appointing village chiefs by the President as running “counter to the essence of democracy and hearing the voice of the Filipino people, from whom sovereignty resides and all government authority emanates.”
Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion said their opposition stemmed from a clamor of village officials for elections rather than appointment of village officials.
“If the raison d’etre behind the proposal is to get rid of those barangay leaders involved in (illegal) drugs, the proper course of action is not to punish the people and disenfranchise them of their rights to suffrage but to charge those concerned officials before the courts and let due process (take its course) administratively, (and) criminally punish them,” said the resolution.
The city council is furnishing a copy of the resolution to the Liga ng mga Barangay (league of barangays), President Duterte, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Camarines Sur third district Rep. Gabriel Bordado Jr. and Vice President Ma. Leonor G. Robredo for action. (PNA) JEJR