PNP: No release of narco-politicians' list without evidence


Posted at Feb 19 2019 11:00 AM

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MANILA - There should be enough evidence against politicians allegedly involved in the drug trade for their names to be released ahead of the May 2019 elections, the spokesman for the Philippine National Police said Tuesday.

"In the past we have heard lots of stories about politicians using drug money to fund their campaign, but we have to base our statements on evidence, on hard facts. Our gathering of information is ongoing and there has to be credible witnesses, evidence," Senior Supt. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesman, told ANC's Early Edition.

He added authorities would release the narco-list "very soon." 

"As far as the PNP is concerned, we will continue to enforce the law. Whether you’re a politician or not, if you get into illegal drugs, then we’ll go after you and arrest you and put you in jail," he said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government has said it wants candidates in drug lists to be disqualified from the midterm elections this May.

In October last year, DILG Sec. 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.