The succeeding release of further named politicians allegedly involved in illegal narcotics will be up to President Rodrigo Duterte. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Saturday said he will meet with police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency about broadcasting the narco-list before the local election campaign period that starts on March 30.
PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde stated, “It will be up to the decision of the Commander-in-Chief. If he decides to divulge the list then we will support his decision.”
PDEA released a narco-list cataloging roughly 200 village officials’ weeks before the barangay elections in the previous year.
The Commission on Human Rights on Sunday held the recognition that the list is intended to ensure that only deserving and law-abiding candidates get elected and added that “presumption of innocence is a Constitutionally-guaranteed right.”
CHR spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia commented, “If there is enough evidence for the government to put names in a supposed narco-list, then the just way to proceed is to file appropriate charges against these personalities to make them accountable before our laws.”