Drug money could fund vote-buying in May polls, warns PDEA

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 18 2019 09:16 AM | Updated as of Feb 18 2019 09:39 AM

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MANILA - Rogue politicians may use drug money to buy votes in May's midterm elections, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said Monday. 

"Walang politiko na bibili ng boto nang galing sa anumang tamang means. Usually talaga nanggagaling iyan sa korapsyon o sa ilegal na droga," PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino told DZMM. 

"That's the reason why puwede nilang itapon ang pera na iyan pambili ng boto," he added. 

(There is no politician who would buy votes with money from whatever right means. That is usually from corruption or illegal drugs. That's the reason they can throw away that money to buy votes.) 

PDEA during last year's barangay elections named some 200 village officials who were allegedly linked to the narcotics trade. 

The PDEA chief made the statement after some P245 million worth of shabu was confiscated from a house in Dasmariñas, Cavite last Wednesday. 

A notorious syndicate that has been under watch for 3 years was behind the drug haul, said Aquino. 

The crime ring is different from the syndicate responsible for smuggling drugs into the country using magnetic lifters that were eventually found empty at a warehouse in neighboring General Mariano Alvarez town, he said.