Village chief in PDEA 'narco list' wins reelection bid

By Edwin Fernandez

May 15, 2018, 5:32 pm

TULUNAN, North Cotabato--Despite being linked to illegal drugs, an incumbent village chair in North Cotabato whose name was in the narco list of the government won during Monday’s balloting.

Jeomar Cerebo Almirante, chairperson of the town’s poblacion, was proclaimed winner against his rival, Bendel Cabardo.

Almirante got 985 votes while Cabardo got 510 votes.

“The people have spoken. My victory was an indication my name was dragged by politics into the narco list,” Almirante said in the vernacular.

He was among the village officials named by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) narco-list. “My constituents know that I was not, never will, enter illegal drug trade or tolerate it in my village,” said Almirante, who is serving his last term.

Almirante said his village complied with the DILG directive to form the Barangay Anti-Drug Advisory Council and that his campaign against illegal drugs was relentless.

He vowed to continue supporting the government’s anti-drug campaign, saying he was aware of its ill effects on people. (Edwin Fernandez/PNA)