DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte yet again surprised the public by revealing the names of politicians on his narco-list.
On national TV, the firebrand president read several names of politicians including 35 mayors, seven vice mayors, one provincial board member, and three congressmen.
Some of them are elected officials and election candidates for the upcoming May midterm polls.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announces the names of politicians allegedly involved in illegal drug operations or the narco list during the Joint National Peace and Order Council (NPOC) – Regional Peace Order Council (RPOC) Clusters Meeting and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – Philippine National Police (PNP) Command Conference at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Davao City on March 14, 2019.#ComfortableLifeForAll#PartnerForChangePosted by Radio Television Malacañang – RTVM on Thursday, 14 March 2019
President Duterte denied undermining the politicians’ bid ahead of the elections, but insisted that the list has been validated by government agents.
He added that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has already filed administrative cases against government officials on the list before the Office of the Ombudsman.
The President said the government’s Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) are both investigating the officials to build criminal cases against them.
“The results of which will aid us in filing airtight cases against them,” the President said.
“Remember that ‘public office is a public trust’; an official’s right to privacy is not absolute and there is a compelling reason to prioritize the interest of the state and the people,” he stressed. – Marje Pelayo
(UNTV will publish the list upon verification.)
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