TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija: Ten Central Luzon town mayors and vice mayors and an undetermined number of police officers, either involved in the drug trade or hooked on the illegal substance, are on the next list to be released by the Philippine National Police (PNP) by the end of August 2016.
Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, PNP regional director, said the names on the list are being validated. These include some local officials from Nueva Ecija.
“Reports are coming into our office and we are mobilizing our intelligence units, the regional anti-illegal task force, the intelligence men from AFP, PDEA and NBI”, Aquino added, referring to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the National Bureau of Investigation.
Aquino made the disclosure during the presentation of 1,200 surrendered drug users in this town, raising Central Luzon’s number of surrenderers to 57,000 from July 1 to August 11.
Mayor Nerivi Santos Martinez said the suspects include village chairman Antonio Andaya Jr. of Barangay Bacal 3 here who was found positive in the drug test initiated by the Talavera Association of Barangay Chairmen recently.
The latest surrenderers include the family of Sheryl Paraiso, tagged as the town’s No.1 drug pusher and killed by alleged vigilantes on June 10.
Police identified her father Isidro Paraiso, 61, a village administrator; her mother Nelia Paraiso, 56; and sisters Lea, 27, and Nerissa, 37—all of Barangay Marcos this town.
More than 10,000 suspected drug users and pushers have turned themselves in, making Nueva Ecija No.2 in Region 3 in terms of surrenderers.
CELSO M. CAJUCOM