Out of 46 politicians called by President Rodrigo Duterte in his new drug list, 8 belonged to his political party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Duterte called eight of his party mates as supposedly involved in the drug trade during a conference with the National Peace and Order Council (NPOC) meeting with top police and military officials in Davao City, March 14th.
“An official’s right to privacy is not absolute and there is a compelling reason to prioritize the state and the people. As your president, my ultimate concern is the pursuit of order in government,” Duterte stated as he promptly later read the list.
His 8 political party mates consist of seven mayors and a vice mayor. They are all running in the 2019 polls. As they have only been accused of “grave misconduct” previously by the Office of the Ombudsman, yet no criminal grievances have been filed over their supposed drug links.
PDP-Laban public information chairman Ron Munsayac stated on a social media post: “We are checking if there are candidates under the PDP-Laban. Should there be any, we will ask them to explain, and if they fail to do so satisfactorily, they will be expelled from the party.”
Duterte named as well 13 local politicians who are running against PDP-Laban candidates – twelve for mayor and a lone vice mayor.
In total, Duterte called 41 male and 5 female politicians. They consist of 1 former and 45 incumbent officials, more broken down to 33 mayors, 8 vice mayors, 3 congressmen, 1 board member, and 1 ex-mayor.
Of the 46, 36 are vying in the 2019 polls, 25 of whom are seeking re-election.