MANILA - The House leadership is now vetting information that at least three congressmen are in the so-called narco list of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Previously, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that two congressmen, including one from Mindanao, are in the list.
Alvarez later on corrected himself and said there are three lawmakers in the list. He still declined to name them.
House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said he has spoken to the lawmakers, who are all male, with two coming from Luzon. He is also vetting the information and giving the three a chance to clear their names.
"Upon the instruction of the Speaker, I'm meeting with those who prepared the list para naman makita and then syempre kailangan naman may due process dyan. Mahirap naman pangalan ng isang tao nandun paano nakuha yan?” Fariñas said.
“I have talked to one of the three upon the instruction of the Speaker and I'll talk to all three of them but kailangan makita para naman they have the opportunity to clean their name."
Fariñas noted that Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino was earlier linked by Duterte to the drug trade, only for the latter to correct himself.
“Because it had happened one time, hindi ba yun kay Congressman Espino and in fairness to the President, saan ka makakita ng Presidenteng ganun, ‘Ay mali pala. Hindi pala sya kasama dun,’” he said.
Farinas added one of the three lawmakers was surprised that he was included in the list.
"Syempre nagulat siya, 'paano naman ako nasali dyan'? Kaya nga binaback-track namin. Tinitingnan ko, how was that list prepared? Baka naman yan e panis na o noon-noon pa, e ngayon lumabas,” he said.
“But of course, this came from the President, nandyan yung weight of the list coming from the President. Although it has been shown in the past, na may mali naman. So, yun ang ginagawa namin ngayon."