The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) sued 51 mayors over their failure to create anti-drug abuse councils (ADAC), the Philippine News Agency reported.
The agency filed administrative cases against the mayors of the following areas at the Office of the Ombudsman for their misconduct and dereliction of duty.
28 Tagaloan II, Lanao del Sur
According to DILG Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Echiverri, a local government unit with no functioning anti-drug council has no resources to establish a community-based rehabilitation center while the non-compliant ones scored zero in their performance ratings.
Echiverri said this move would prompt other towns to form and/or strengthen their ADACs in their respective jurisdictions.
The creation of an ADAC, he said, symbolizes their commitment and collective action to get rid of illegal drugs.
In the complaint, the agency stressed that the failure of the respondent to create the local ADAC can be classified as a misconduct in office or a dereliction of duty which is among the grounds for discipline, suspension, or removal from office of a local official."
Previously, Echiverri urged local officials to organize their anti-drug council as mandated by law. "We will leave it to the Ombudsman to decide on the punishment, the lightest is reprimand, one is suspension, or the worst -- removal.”
The first batch of the complaints was filed against 20 mayors on March 14 while the second batch against another 25 was lodged on March 20. (PNA)