MANILA - Eight of President Rodrigo Duterte's party mates were among those included in his list of politicians with alleged links to the illegal drug trade.
Based on records from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gathered by ABS-CBN’s Investigative and Research Group, 8 are running under the ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
The President on Thursday made public a new batch of the so-called "narco list" ahead of the May midterm polls.
Of the 46 politicians named in the list, 36 are running for office in various local positions.
The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and Nacionalista Party (NP) also have 8 members included in the list, respectively.
LAKAS has 4, National Unity Party (NUP) has 3, and Kilusang Bagong Lipunan has 1. Four independent candidates were also tagged in the list.
Majority of those with supposed links to illegal drugs are local candidates, which consist of 23 mayors, 7 vice mayors, 1 provincial board member, 1 vice governor, and 1 councilor.
Three candidates gunning seats at the Lower House were also included in the list.
Records from Comelec also showed that some 22 officials or almost half of those named in the "narco list" ran under the Liberal Party (LP) in the 2016 elections.
Eighteen of them are again running in this year's polls and had already switched parties.
Six are now running under NP, 4 under PDP-Laban, another 4 are independent candidates, 2 under LAKAS, and 2 under NPC.
Of the 46 mentioned by the President, 17 were already included in previous "narco lists," while the rest or 29 officials were new to the list.
Of the 17 names included in previous lists, one was deemed "cleared", 2 arrested, 3 are at large, 1 charged, 7 denied allegation, 1 left the country, and 1 is under investigation.
Prior to Duterte's pronouncement on Thursday, 164 personalities has been tagged in the illegal drugs in separate occasions. - Data from the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group