DILG seeks President's OK to release new narco-list

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Posted at Oct 29 2018 12:02 PM | Updated as of Oct 29 2018 01:23 PM

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MANILA - The Department of the Interior and Local Government said Monday it is waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte's clearance to release a list of politicians involved in the illegal drug trade.

DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya said the list, which is being validated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, may help voters in the 2019 polls, like what happened in the barangay elections.

"We need to get clearance from the President to make that happen. We have not yet received that. In the Barangay elections, we had a clearance that's why we were able to release the names," he said.

Malaya said releasing the barangay narco list had mixed results in the last elections.

He said some candidates linked to the drug trade, especially in Metro Manila, were not voted to office but some bets in the province won the polls.

Malaya said they have been working closely with the Commission on Elections to make sure that the politicians in their narco list running in the 2019 polls will be disqualified.

"We have a list of intelligence reports. We hope to give the list to the Comelec. Hopefully the Comelec will find a way to be able to disqualify them," he said.

The DILG official also said that they have seen a decrease in the number of "narco politicians" in Duterte's more than two years as President.

During the last barangay elections, the government released the names of barangay officials with suspected links to the illegal drug trade to supposedly guide the voters.