Opposition lawmakers have fear that arming barangay (village) captains would be a “recipe for disaster” and could only lead to more abuse and violence in local villages in the country.
At the oath-taking of newly elected barangay officials of Region VII on Thursday night in Cebu, President Rodrigo Duterte said he was considering arming barangay chiefs to ensure their protection in the war against illegal narcotics and criminality.
He also said he would give his full support to barangay officials who would get in trouble for helping the government in the fight against illegal drugs.
Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde on Wednesday said he supports Duterte’s…