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South Cotabato Mayor Matinong to make drug watch easier at notorious village

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Sto. Niño, South Cotabato Mayor Pablo Matinong plans to make streets brighter and add more “eyes” in Barangay Ambalgan, which has the unfortunate reputation of being a source of illegal drugs for decades now.

Matinong, in a Brigada News FM Koronadal report Friday (August 11), said he will put up street lights and closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the notorious village.

According to the politiko, these street lights and cameras will make it easier for authorities to monitor the individuals who will enter and exit the Barangay.

Apparently, a Police Community Assistance Center was earlier build in Ambalgan specifically for the purpose of deterring the local drug trade. However, Matinong said that he himself saw the center unmanned during a visit.

He has since instructed Barangay officials to always keep the center occupied.

In the same report, Matinong blamed previous leaders for allegedly neglecting the drug problem in Ambalgan, which he said has persisted for almost 20 years.