Gov. Imee Marcos: Heavier charges should be imposed on officials nabbed for illegal drugs


Jun. 03, 2016 ...

After seizing drug paraphernalia from the residence of the municipal assessor of Pagudpud town in Ilocos Norte, Governor Imee Marcos expressed her dismay over the latter’s involvement in illegal drugs despite holding a government post.

Serving the local government of Pagudpud for almost 20 years now, Engineer Reynold Galat is one of the town’s top drug personalities. Appropriate charges have already been filed against him.

Governor Marcos further said that public officials guilty to drug charges should face heavier penalties, adding that they do not have the right to hold positions as they destroy the honor and integrity of government service.

The said operation was done early this week through the Provincial Anti-illegal Drug Special Operation Task Group.

A total of 21.3 grams of shabu was confiscated during the search warrant operation.

Meanwhile, Governor Marcos conveyed her full support to the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) in apprehending other big-time drug users and pushers in the province.

She also urged local officials to remain true to their commitment in government service and be role models of the society.

In her State of the Province Address 2015, Governor Marcos emphasized that “the first requisite of development is peace and order” and reported that “Ilocos Norte is one of the safest places in the country.”

She thus assured of the continuous efforts of the Provincial Government in ensuring safety and security in Ilocos Norte through the various anti-drug and illegal firearms campaigns of the joint military forces.