DILG files ad­min raps vs of­fi­cials in narco-list

Sun.Star Pampanga - - STORIES! -

T HE Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) said Thurs­day, March 14, that it filed charges be­fore the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man against 46 narco-politi­cians named by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte as in­volved in il­le­gal drug trans­ac­tions.

DILG Sec­re­tary Ed­uardo Año said the ini­tial list of the in­cum­bent gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials al­legedly in­volved in the il­le­gal drug trade was pro­vided by the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA).

Ad­min­is­tra­tive charges of grave mis­con­duct, con­duct prej­u­di­cial to the best in­ter­est of the ser­vice, con­duct un­be­com­ing of a pub­lic of­fi­cer, and gross ne­glect of duty were filed against them.

Duterte named the 46 of­fi­cials Thurs­day evening, March 14, during the Na­tional Peace and Or­der Coun­cil meet­ing in Davao City.

There were 35 may­ors, seven vice-may­ors, one provin­cial board mem­ber and three mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the list.

“The in­volve­ment of the re­spon­dents to il­le­gal drugs was eval­u­ated and ju­di­ciously val­i­dated by the In­ter­a­gency Com­mit­tee on Anti-Il­le­gal Drugs chaired by PDEA in co­or­di­na­tion with the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, Armed Forces of the Philippines, [and] Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Co­or­di­nat­ing Agency, among oth­ers,” said Año.

DILG Un­der­sec­re­tary and Spokesper­son Jonathan Malaya clar­i­fied that although the vet­ting and val­i­da­tions were sep­a­rately done by the agen­cies, the process was co­or­di­nated and syn­chro­nized un­der the lead­er­ship of PDEA to en­sure that all bases are cov­ered and that no lapses will be made in the process.

Malaya said the fil­ing of charges against the said politi­cians in­di­cates that the gov­ern­ment is con­fi­dent on the ve­rac­ity of the list.

He said it will also give the politi­cians on the list the op­por­tu­nity to re­fute or re­but the al­le­ga­tions against them.

Ear­lier, the PDEA said 82 politi­cians were in­cluded on the list, 64 of them are seek­ing re-elec­tion in the up­com­ing May 13 midterm elec­tions.

NO TO VOTE BUY­ING An­ge­les City may­oralty can­di­date Alex Cau­guiran warns vot­ers against vote-buy­ing during a cam­paign sor­tie in Barangay Santo Rosario. - Con­tributed Photo

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