CAMP Olivas, Pampanga -- Two mayors included in the list of government officials involved in illegal drugs surrendered their firearms to acting Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Aaron N. Aquino.
Twenty days after they were named by President Duterte as among local government officials linked to illegal drugs trade, Mayor Marino Morales turned in to the police a cal. .45 pistol, a cal. 380 pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun and an AK47 rifle while Mayor Cipriano Violago Jr. turned in his 12-gauge shotgun with a round drum magazine, 5.56 Micro Galil rifle, 5.56 Elisco rifle, 5.56 Colt rifle, two cal. .45 pistols, cal. 5.7 pistol and cal. 40 pistol.
“Mayor Morales and Mayor Violago understood why they had to surrender their firearms and we are thankful for their cooperation,” Aquino said.
Morales is the mayor of Mabalacat City while Violago is the chief executive of San Rafael town in Bulacan.
Aquino said Morales and Violago turned over their firearms as ordered by Duterte. Also, the President ordered the relief of police escorts of the two mayors.
He said the licenses of the said firearms were already revoked by the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office, saying the said local officials could no longer be granted permits to any firearms they wish to acquire.
The 12 high-powered guns were presented by Aquino to the media during a press conference held at the PRO3 Wednesday afternoon. Morales and Violago were not presented at the press briefing.
Asked by reporters about the veracity on the involvement of the two mayors in the illegal drugs trade, Aquino said that police have sufficient evidence to link the said local executives in illegal drugs.
“We have already finished validating the involvement of the two mayors in illegal drugs but I have no power to disclose it. This information will be submitted to the President for his disposal,” Aquino said.
Additionally, Aquino said they are now in the process of validating the involvement of 10 more mayors and vice mayors in Central Luzon who are linked to the proliferation of illegal drugs in their respective areas.
He said in a week or two, they will be able to finish the validation and submit the result to the President.
Aquino also disclosed that they have now the names of 31 barangay captains who declined to participate in the campaign against illegal drugs for political ambitions. He said 29 came from Nueva Ecija and two from Tarlac.