by Jimmy K. Laking
The Bokod municipal council chaired by Vice Mayor Thomas K. Wales has unanimously passed an ordinance that sought to reward those who can give information leading to the arrest and eventual conviction of violators of heinous crimes as well as individuals believed engaged in pushing drugs in the municipality.
The ordinance, authored by Councilor Pedro P. Anton, has been referred to the committee of laws of the Benguet provincial board last week as part of the process for review.
The ordinance described the drug addiction in the inland town as endemic and that “any solution geared towards solving the problem is futile if local constituents are not involved.”
It added that considering the danger or risks involved in the apprehension of drug pushers as well as violators of heinous crimes, a nominal reward should be given as incentive to informers.
The ordinance sought to allot an initial fund of P50,000 as source for rewards to informers who are instrumental in the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of drug users.
Individuals who could provide information to authors of heinous crimes are also entitled to the reward.
“It is a small amount compared with the value of lives that are lost or ruined due to drug addiction or commission of heinous crimes,” the council stressed.
Personnel of law enforcement agencies are disqualified from the rewards.
The ordinance mandated that informers are entitled to the rewards once certified by the chief of police of the municipal police station.
The ordinance was approved by Mayor Mauricio T. Macay.
The La Trinidad municipal council is also set to approve on third and final reading a proposed ordinance that sought to give rewards to persons who can provide information that would lead to the arrest of persons violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Authored by Councilor Francis A. Lee, the proposed ordinance was crafted in consultation with concerned law enforcement agencies and with the municipal anti-crime body.
The proposed ordinance was considering the granting of a P10,000 reward to any person per case, charged to the intelligence fund of the mayor. It has been initially passed on second reading.