DILG moves to strip ‘narco-politicians’ of power to deputize police

Arra Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 25 2019 07:40 PM

MANILA—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Saturday said it is coordinating with the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to remove the police-deputation powers of politicians allegedly tied to the illegal-drugs trade and who win this month's election.

"DILG is . . . in close coordination with Napolcom for the removal of police deputation powers of the winning narco-politicians ahead of their official assumption to office on June 30," the department said in a statement.

In the same statement, Interior Sec. Eduardo Año said that while he respects the will of the people to elect their leaders, those tagged in the illegal-narcotics trade will still have to face administrative charges.

"Kahit na pinalad silang manalo, tuloy pa rin ang administrative cases laban sa kanila. Hindi pa rin sila makakalusot kung sila ay mapapatunayang sangkot talaga sa ilegal na droga," said Año.

Ahead of the May 13 elections, the DILG released a list containing the names of 46 local politicians allegedly involved in illegal narcotics, a bid to deter people from voting for them.

Data gathered by the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group showed that out of the 46 local officials on the list, 36 ran for various local positions, with 26 winning.

Of the 26 winners, 18 were reelected, while the remaining 8 were incumbent vice mayors or mayors who ran for different positions in the midterm polls and won.

Critics denounced the DILG's list, saying it is ineffective.