ILOCOS NORTE: Gov. Imee Marcos is pushing for stiffer penalties to be imposed against government officials and employees arrested for illegal drugs as she expressed dismay over the arrest of a Pagudpud town assessor caught with shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride).
Marcos said public officials who are found guilty should face heavier penalties and have no right to hold public office “as they destroy the honor and integrity of government service.”
The reelected governor was particularly reacting to the arrest of municipal assessor Reynold Galat, who was found with 21.3 grams of shabu and drug paraphernalia in his residence last week.
The Provincial Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operation Task Group said Galat, who served Pagudpud for almost 20 years, is allegedly one of the town’s top drug personalities.
Meanwhile, Marcos conveyed her full support to the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) in apprehending other big-time drug pushers and users in the province.
During her State of the Province Address in 2015, Marcos pointed out that “the first requisite of development is peace and order” and reported that “Ilocos Norte is one of the safest places in the country.”