The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and the two Congressional Districts of the province has ever since against the proliferation of illegal drugs in Lanao del Norte. Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo has personally informed Police Senior Supt Leopoldo E. Cabanag, Provincial Director of the existing threat of illegal drugs in the province.
On July 6, 2017, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte strongly condemns the resolutions published by National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in a press conference held in Cagayan de Oro City. In one of the grounds of the said resolutions, the Local Chief Executives of the Province of Lanao del Norte, including Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo has been stripped off of their supervisory authority over the Philippine National Police in their area of responsibility by ignoring or have done nothing to support the war on drugs of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
This was immediately denied by the local chief executives of Lanao del Norte. League of the Municipal Mayors President, Mayor Allan J. Lim of the Municipality of Lala, has said that in Region 10, Lanao del Norte is one of the most effective province that fight against illegal drugs.
Mayor Lim even challenged NAPOLCOM to visit Lanao del Norte and evaluate each municipal mayor of their performance in support of the campaign in ending illegal drugs. “Try to go to Lanao del Norte, tell NAPOLCOM to go to Lanao del Norte, evaluate us, each municipality, so that they can see how we support the drug campaign”, the Mayor said.
2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo expressed that it is humiliating for us, elected leaders of Lanao del Norte representing the people to be included or publicly accused as protectors of such illicit activities by releasing such resolutions. The Congressman continued and said “I know who the drug lord is in Lanao del Norte but he is one of our political opponents. I keep saying this and no policeman have asked me who? I don’t like to say it in public, because the public might say it is political and apprehending him will be weaker”.
Congressman Bobby could not believe the allegations of NAPOLCOM towards the local chief executives of Lanao del Norte that leads to the creation of the Resolution Nos. 2017-334 and 2017-335-A approving the withdrawal of their deputation based on the following grounds: (1) engaging in acts inimical to national security or which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign of the government; and (2) providing material support to criminal elements. The other two grounds for the suspension or withdrawal of the deputation of a local government executive under Section 65 of Republic Act No. 8551 are frequent unauthorized absences and abuse of authority. So far, NAPOLCOM has never made any statements in public with regards to the resolutions involving the local chief executives of the Province of Lanao del Norte.
The various programs of Department of Interior and Local Government like MASA MASID or Mamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamayang Ayaw Sa Illegal Drugs has been strictly implemented and supported by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and the Municipal Mayors together with the two Congressional Districts. Likewise, the Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 3 Series of 2017 re: Strengthening the Implementation of Barangay Drug Clearing Operation has recently been discussed by a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agent in the presence of PDEA 10 Regional Director, Adrian Albareño during the Joint Meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council on August 23, 2017. The members of the Provincial Council has welcome and positively viewed all the campaigns of the National Government in ending terrorism and continue the fight to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in the Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”. PIO-LDN