MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said it was not yet time to name barangay officials who are in his so-called "narco-list" or drug watch list.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) had said it will disclose on Monday the list tagging 211 village officials.
"It is not time. I have to get back all of those who want to get back," Duterte told reporters of the plan after arriving from Singapore.
Most of the officials in the narco-list were drug protectors, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino had said without citing official figures.
The PDEA announcement comes just ahead of the May 14 barangay elections. But Aquino said not all in the narco-list are running for the upcoming polls.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said they will file charges against barangay officials linked to illegal drugs.
PDEA data showed that as of March 20, 2018, 4,075 drug-linked individuals have been killed while 91,704 anti-illegal drug operations have been carried out since Duterte assumed office in July 2016.
Government data further showed that out of the total 2,467 drug-related homicide incidents recorded, 1,752 are still under investigation, while 715 have been solved.