The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is about to file a case earlier than the Office of the Ombudsman in opposition to officers of 73 villages throughout the nation for failure to manage their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs).

This was confirmed by DILG Assistant Secretary for External and Legislative Affairs Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri in an interview over the weekend on the sidelines of the opening of the 25th Panaad sa Negros Festival, the place he was the visitor of honor and keynote speaker.

“There are 73 barangays all over the country which have not organized their BADACs, and we’re planning to file a case by next week,” he mentioned.

Echiverri refused to say from which provinces, cities or municipalities the 73 villages belong.

“I’ll give the list to the Ombudsman. I don’t know if there is one from Negros,” the DILG official mentioned.

Echiverri was a three-term village chief of Barangay 84, Zone eight, District 1 in Caloocan City, and was elected national president of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas throughout his second time period.

He added that since peace and order is a precedence of the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the DILG encourages barangays to take part in strengthening their BADACs.

“In short, they have to organize it, fund it and plan it,” Echiverri mentioned, including that barangay officers shouldn’t be afraid to determine drug personalities of their communities.

“If you will not do it, peace will not reign in your barangay,” he mentioned.

As the election interval for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan ballot began on Saturday, Echiverri appealed to voters to select candidates who are usually not concerned in medicine and ballot aspirants who are usually not afraid to title drug lords and pushers of their areas.

“That’s why our call right now is kung natatakot ka, huwag kang tumakbo, ibigay sa may tapang at malasakit. Kung natatakot kang makipaglaban, ibigay mo sa iba na may lakas ng loob na makipaglaban. It is not for everybody,” he added. (PNA)