Palace sees noth­ing wrong with drugs watch­list from each barangay

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MALA­CAñANG on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 11, sees noth­ing wrong with newly-ap­pointed Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary Martin Diño’s di­rec­tive to vil­lage ex­ec­u­tives to sub­mit a ros­ter of drug of­fend­ers in their re­spec­tive ar­eas.

Pres­i­den­tial SpokesperLOCAL son Harry Roque Jr. said Diño, as un­der­sec­re­tary for barangay af­fairs of De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG), has the priv­i­lege to or­der vil­lage of­fi­cials to fur­nish the lat­ter a copy of their re­spec­tive narco-lists.

“That’s the man­date of the DILG be­cause they have the ju­ris­dic­tion over lo­cal gov­ern­ments. So let us al­low the DILG to ful­fill their duty,” the pres­i­den­tial spokesman said in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte ap­pointed Diño as DILG un­der­sec­re­tary for barangay af­fairs on Jan­uary 9.

A day af­ter his ap­point­ment, Diño an­nounced his plan to di­rect vil­lage ex­ec­u­tives to sub­mit a list of in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in the il­le­gal drugs trade.

Vil­lage of­fi­cials who fail to com­ply face sanc­tions, he warned.

Diño’s pro­nounce­ment was in line with Duterte’s strong will to end the ram­pant nar­cotics trade in the coun­try.

Since Duterte as­sumed of­fice in June 2016, thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als who were sus­pected to be in­volved in the il­licit drugs sale have been killed by ei­ther re­spond­ing po­lice of­fi­cers or vig­i­lantes.

The ris­ing num­ber of pur­ported drug sus­pects killed in po­lice op­er­a­tions have sown fear among the pub­lic.

Roque en­sured that due process would be ob­served, amid the pro­posed sub­mis­sion of drug list in each vil­lage.

“What will just be submitted is the list of names of drug per­son­al­i­ties. I am cer­tain that there will be in­ves­ti­ga­tion. So noth­ing will hap­pen in the sub­mis­sion of names [of drug of­fend­ers]. The cases [against them] will have to be first submitted to the courts. ,” he said.

“First of all, the DILG will vet its ac­cu­racy. And if it’s ac­cu­rate, there will be ways to re­move lo­cal of­fi­cials from of­fice. Sec­ond, if there’s ev­i­dence, a case will be filed be­fore the court,” he added.(SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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