Hugpong bets in narco-list will have chance to explain: Sara Duterte


Posted at Mar 04 2019 12:22 PM | Updated as of Mar 04 2019 06:04 PM

Senatorial candidates under the Hugpong ng Pagbabago party, pose with President Duterte's fist salute during the launch of their campaign in San Fernando, Pampanga on Feb. 12, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Candidates of the administration-backed Hugpong ng Pagbabago who will figure in another list of politicians allegedly involved in narcotics will be given a chance to explain, party head, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Monday.

Duterte-Carpio said candidates that would figure in a supposed "narco-list" would be given the chance to answer the allegation.

"I think that is fair doon sa mga tao na nakalista to make sure na meron silang opportunity na sumagot so we will ask them to answer kung ano yung accusation," she told reporters on the sidelines of a campaign caravan in Pasay City.

(We will ask candidates that will figure in the narco-list to answer the accusation against them.)

The daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte added that no law also prohibits the release of a narco-list.

"There is no law na nagbabawal na maglabas ang PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) ng narco-list of politicians,” she said.

The Philippine National Police had said that releasing such a list would depend on the President's decision.

Last year, the PDEA released a narco-list tagging some 200 village officials ahead of the barangay elections.

At least 2 candidates of Hugpong meanwhile are in favor of releasing a narco-list ahead of the May 13 elections.

Former police chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa and former broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad said a vetted list should be released to aid national security and public interest.

"Additional information din yun para sa mga botante just in case hindi nila alam kung sino at ano yung kanilang mga binoboto," Dela Rosa told reporters 

(It will serve as additional information to voters just in case they don't know who they are voting for.)

Prior to running for senator, Dela Rosa had led President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs as police chief and later became head of the Bureau of Corrections.

Manicad, meanwhile, said the list should be verified before its release to guide the public properly.

"It’s a matter of national security. Imagine niyo kung makaboto kayo ng isang drug lord. It's a matter of public interest. Dapat alam natin sino yung tamang leaders para di mapariwara ang bansa natin," he said.

(People should know who the right leaders are so that our country will not suffer setbacks.)

-report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News