President Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is not in favor of making public the list of political candidates being linked to illegal drugs or the so-called narco-politicians.
“No, I will not. It’s not a good policy to let know the — to telegraph your intention or what you know about the other fellow, especially in matters of breaking penal laws. No, I will not. We will not in government,” the President said when asked on the matter during a press briefing on Thursday (October 11).
But the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is determined to expose the names of the politicians also considered as drug personalities.
According to DILG Spokesperson Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, they are planning to provide the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with a copy of the narcolist and politicians with existing legal cases once the filing period ends on October 17.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is still validating and verifying the backgrounds of the names in the said narcolist.
The DILG, meanwhile, leaves the decision to the poll body to assess if the said narco-politicians are candidates for disqualification.
“We will leave it to the Comelec kasi nasa kanila na ngayon kung anong gusto nilang gawin doon. Basta kami as far as the DILG is concerned, we have this list. We will forward it to them and we will leave it to them how they will dispose of it,” said ASec. Malaya.
The DILG added that they would ask the permission of the Chief Executive to disclose the list should Comelec refuse to do so.
But as for the poll body, the matter is already in the agency’s law department for assessment, and they plan to release the result next week.
“Kailangang may due process, di pwedeng dahil nasa listahan ka, disqualified ka agad. pangalawa, titingnan natin yung listahan kung under the rules, pwede ba natin silang i-disqualify,” said Comelec chair Sheriff Abas. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)