PDEA, drugs board want narco-list to be pub­li­cized

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories -

DAN­GER­OUS Drugs Board (DDB) chair­per­son Catal­ino Cuy and Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) Di­rec­tor Aaron Aquino both sup­port the re­lease to the pub­lic of the names of politi­cians in­cluded in their nar­col­ist.

“Just like what we did be­fore the barangay elec­tion, sig­uro it would be ad­van­ta­geous and ben­e­fi­cial for the vot­ers to know kung ano ‘yung back­ground nung mga can­di­dates sa lu­gar nila, lalo na kung meron mga al­leged or re­ported in­volve­ment sa il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­i­ties,” Cuy said in a press con­fer­ence on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15.

But Aquino said they are still wait­ing for per­mit from Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to pub­li­cize the list.

On April 30, be­fore the barangay elec­tions, the PDEA re­leased the names of vil­lage of­fi­cials who were in­cluded in the Pres­i­dent’s drugs watch­list.

Of the 207 names on the list, at least 90 were vil­lage chiefs, while the oth­ers were barangay coun­cilors and watch­men.

Aquino said the num­ber of narco-politi­cians went down to 85 from 93 af­ter the killing of four and the ar­rest of four oth­ers who were on the list.

In­cluded in the list were may­ors, vice may­ors, gov­er­nors, vice gov­er­nor and con­gress­men.

Aquino said for now, they are thor­oughly ad­ju­di­cat­ing the names on the list through four val­i­dat­ing agen­cies, in­clud­ing the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) and PDEA.

“If and when they will be delisted (from the list), mas ma­g­a­nda sig­uro ga­nun gawin namin sa PDEA, ka­pag dinelist namin sila sa lis­ta­han, ilala­gay na lang namin sila sa sus­pense file na in case they will again do some ac­tive ef­fort on il­le­gal drugs, iba­ba­lik namin sila doon sa orig­i­nal list,” he said.

Mean­while, PNP Chief Os­car Al­bay­alde said in a press con­fer­ence in Camp Crame on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 16, that the re­lease of the names on the list de­pends on Duterte.

But he said that be­fore do­ing so, such list should be val­i­dated.

“It de­pends. Hindi natin pwede i-sec­ond guess the Pres­i­dent kung ta­la­gang gusto niyang il­abas o hindi ang ano jan is kung ta­la­gang mailal­abas, I think kailan­gan kasi ‘yung list na yan should have been ad­ju­di­cated and val­i­dated al­ready,” he said.

On the pos­si­ble drug test­ing of can­di­dates ahead of the 2019 elec­tions, Al­bay­alde said it should be vol­un­tary.

“Hindi ito da­pat manda­tory. There will come a time prob­a­bly kung darat­ing man ang pana­hon na i-manda­tory drug test ang la­hat ng tu­matakbo, prob­a­bly, that is a good idea, but as of this time, kung ikaw na­man ay ku­makan­didato at ta­la­gang gusto mong ipakita na hindi ka gu­magamit ng il­le­gal na droga, wala na­man sig­urong masama kung ikaw ay mag­padrug test,” he said./sunstar Philip­pines

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.