• Villages free of crime and corruption by Dec

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    MANY barangay (villages) will be cleared of illegal drugs, criminality and corruption by December this year, an optimistic Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno said over the weekend.

    The Cabinet official added that this would be possible with the formation of the Masa-Masid or Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga, in which citizens would play a bigger role in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

    Sueno said the program would be launched soon. Masa-Masid will try to inculcate volunteerism in all 42,000 villages in the Philippines, he added.

    “If this happens [volunteerism], there is no doubt that the smallest unit of the government will be crime- and corruption-free,” Sueno said.

    “Its only purpose is to eliminate drugs, corruption and criminality in the barangay. And also, to enhance development in all our barangay,” he added.

    Sueno said the national government is enjoining everyone to help in the campaign against illegal drugs at the barangay level.

    He denied claims that he was in possession of a list of people allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in Western Visayas, particularly in Iloilo City, supposedly provided by slain drug suspect Melvin Odicta.

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