BRIDGE OF PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT. The town of Silvino Lubos is now connected to the rest of Northern Samar province with the completion of the Suba Bridge which was funded at P295 million under the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (Pamana) of the Office of Presidential Adviser on Peace Process. The June 6 inauguration was attended by Silvino Lubos officials, Gov. Edwin Ongchuan, Rep. Harris Ongchuan, and Emy Bonifacio, Pamana regional manager, among others. The bridge is expected to boost the town’s economy and help address its problem on insurgency.

Ex-president said imprisonment not enough

ORMOC CITY– Leyte Rep. Richard Gomez expressed his support on the declaration of former president Rodrigo Duterte to kill cops who are involved in illegal drugs.

As he said this, Gomez said that he hopes that President Ferdinand MarcosJr. would include the fight against illegal drugs in his upcoming State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Gomez seconded to an earlier declaration of the former president saying that these erring cops should not be treated lightly.

“I am for it. Gusto ko pa manood eh pag-ginawa yan. I am a strong anti-drug advocate. Yan talaga ang isa sa pinaglalaban ko,” he said.

Duterte earlier said that cops who are involved in illegal drugs should be killed and not just put behind bars.

During his six-years in office, Duterte waged a controversial and brutal campaign against illegal drugs reason he is facing a complaint before the International Court of Justice.

Rep. Gomez, representing Leyte’s 4th district, admitted that one of the reasons why even government personnel like members of the Philippine National Police are being involved in the illegal drug trade is due to the huge amount of money involved.

“Ang problema kasi, maraming pera ang involved dito. Madaling magpa-corrupt ng tao,” he said.

Meantime, Rep. Gomez said that he hopes that during the Sona of Pres. Marcos, he would come up with a declaration against illegal drugs, adding that he would like to see the campaign under his government to be ‘stronger.’

“I wanted it to be stronger. I am hoping that the President will announce it sa kanyang Sona. That we will have to continue with our fight against illegal drugs,” he said.

And he would not mind, if the Marcos administration will wage a brutal war against illegal drugs, the Leyte solon said.

“You destroy our people. You should be destroyed,” Gomez said.

Gomez’s congressional district involved the town of Albuera, once considered to be the drugs capital of Eastern Visayas region where self-confessed drug lord, Rolan ‘Kerwin’ Espinosa came from whose late father, Rolando Espinosa was once its mayor and described by Duterte as a drug protector.