MANILA – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday called for a review of the government’s so-called narco lists, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission that there were errors in his drug matrix which implicated several personalities in the illegal drug trade.
Duterte yesterday said there were lapses in the inclusion of former Pangasinan Governor and now Rep. Amado Espino Jr., former Pangasinan provincial administrator Rafael Baraan, and Urbiztondo board member Raul Sison.
In the wake of Duterte’s admission, Lacson, a former police chief who has been supportive of Duterte’s war on drugs, said the review “is in order” as “the credibility of that list and all other narco lists involving other sectors for that matter have now become doubtful.”
Lacson said, the lists should have been treated as confidential documents which should have been disseminated only to personnel with the corresponding security clearance.
“Making it public would not only warn those in the list - thus jeopardizing any ongoing intelligence operations - but also unnecessarily shame them or put their lives at risk,” Lacson said in a statement.
“Having said that, it may also be unfair to those who may not be correctly tagged as committing the wrongdoings as described in the intelligence document.”
Despite his admission and apology over the errors in his drug matrix, Duterte maintained that the other personalities he mentioned, particularly Senator Leila de Lima, are involved in the narcotics trade.
Before departing for Vietnam Wednesday for an official visit, Duterte said he will give more details to the media about his drug lists.
The president has been dangling a third narco list, which he said contains the names of barangay captains, judges and several Chinese nationals.