MANILA- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is seeking the disqualification of candidates for the 2019 elections who are included in drug lists.
DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo Año said there are at least 93 local officials included in the drug list of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Of these, 58 are mayors.
“Our proposal sa Comelec (Commission on Elections), kung pwede i-disqualify itong mga candidates, last time mga barangay officials, this time marami-rami ito," he said Wednesday.
(Our proposal to Comelec is to have these candidates disqualified.)
“It's up to the Comelec, pero titingnan natin ang severity ng kanilang involvement. Ang danger kasi diyan kung talagang involved sa drugs at ginagamit nila ang drug money para manalo at bumili ng boto,” he added.
(We will look at the severity of their involvement. The danger there is if they are really involved in drugs and they are using drug money to win and buy votes.)
The agency is also calling for the disqualification of candidates linked to corruption.
Año said at least 250 mayors are currently under investigation for various corruption and abuse of authority cases.
DILG Undersecretary for Operations Epimaco Densing III added that the DILG estimates that the country is losing P70 billion a year to corruption in the local level.
The Comelec has set the filing of candidacy next week from Oct. 11 to 17.
Año said deliberations whether a candidate can run or not will happen after the filing of COC.