Com­elec to re­view calls to dis­qual­ify ‘narco-pols’

Cebu Daily News - - ISLANDS -

The Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) will re­view the pro­posal of the Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) to dis­qual­ify from the 2019 midterm elec­tions all can­di­dates in­cluded in the so-called “narco-list,” or the list of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials al­legedly have links with the il­le­gal drug trade.

Com­elec chair Sher­iff Abas said this on Fri­day as Usec. Ed­uardo Año, DILG Of­fi­cer-in-Charge, ear­lier said he will rec­om­mend the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from the com­ing elec­tions all of the politi­cians con­nected with il­le­gal drugs.

“As chair­man, I in­cluded it in yes­ter­day’s agenda at the en banc

re­fer (and we re­ferred it to the) law the list),” he said.

The DILG re­port­edly will also sub­mit to the Com­elec its own list of politi­cians tagged of hav­ing in­volve­ment in il­le­gal drugs.

Abas, how­ever, said that there should be a “bal­ance” if they will fol­low the sug­ges­tion of the DILG and PDEA.

He said there should be a due process i n dis­qual­i­fy­ing can­di­dates, cit­ing that mere in­clu­sion in a list does not equate to be­ing dropped from the elec­tions.

“Sig­uro withi­naweek study ng law depart­ment and then ma­gre re­ply di­rectly to the DILG and PDEA(May­be­withi­naweek, the law depart­ment will study it, and then we will re­ply di­rectly to the DILG and PDEA),” he added.

ABAS

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