Pasay village chief surrenders to DILG

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A village chairman in Pasay City surrendered to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Thursday after learning that his name is in the order of battle of the Philippine National Police (PNP) because of his alleged link to illegal drugs.

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Jojo Balais, chairman of Barangay 37, Zone 3, met with Undersecretary Emily Padilla, the department’s Legislative Liaison and Public Affairs chief and lawyer Rehan Lao, spokesperson of the Philippine National Movement for Federalism.

Balais said he learned from former Pasay Police Chief Sr. Supt. Joel Doria that his name on in the hit list of the PNP.

This was confirmed by the new Pasay Police Chief, Sr. Supt. Noli Bathan.

Bathan urged Balais to surrendered to the DILG to clear his name.

Balais, who plans to run for re-election in the barangay elections in October, said he became a barangay chairman in December 2010. In April 2011, he was ambushed and nearly killed.

DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno told Balais to cooperate with the Pasay City police chief and subject himself to investigation.

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