Comelec to review calls to disqualify ‘narco-pols’
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.