Duterte Administration

46 narco pols named

After weeks of speculation, President Rodrigo Duterte released yesterday the controversial “narco list” containing 46 politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.

The names on the list, from vice mayors to representatives, according to the Chief Executive, were “vetted and validated” from July 2018 to earlier this month.

He enumerated some of those on the list including a handful of women politicians whom he accused of involvement in the narcotics trade.

The initial list released to the public by the President includes 35 mayors, seven vice-mayors, one provincial board member and three members of the House of Representatives.

Notable personalities the President mentioned were Pangasinan 1st District Rep. Jesus Celeste, Zambales 1st District Rep. Jeffrey Khonghun, and Leyte 3rd District Rep. Vicente Veloso, Mayor Vicente Loot of Daanbantayan, Cebu and dismissed Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog.

DILG files cases

The names mentioned by the President were already charged administratively before the Office of the Ombudsman yesterday by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said the “narco politicians” are facing administrative charges of grave misconduct, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, conduct unbecoming of a public officer and gross neglect of duty.

Año said the involvement of the officials in illegal drugs was evaluated and judiciously validated by the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs chaired by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in coordination with the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

“So this is already validated report,” said Mr. Duterte.

He stressed the work of the law enforcement agencies was only to establish probable cause of the alleged involvement of the politicians in the illegal drugs trade.

On the other hand, Mr. Duterte said it is the duty of the court judges to determine the guilt beyond reasonable doubt of those charged.

The Chief Executive hinted that more would be named soon after further validation by government law enforcement.

Mr. Duterte also asked the United States Embassy regarding Mabilog, who fled the country last year after being tagged in the illegal drugs trade.

Mabilog flew

The President expressed belief that Mabilog is either in the US or Canada.

He also slammed Loot and fellow retired police general Marcelo Garbo for “destroying” the people for their involvement in the illegal drugs after graduating at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

On Alcala, who is a relative of former Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, the President asked him to change his ways before it’s too late.

“Sir, the Alcalas are running out, they are all dead. They never learn,” Mr. Duterte said.
“You (Roderick Alcala) have always been on this list for many years now, you have a lot of money, maybe P50 million you can’t use it all up, don’t wait until you are killed,” warned the President.

The President said he would resign if he fails to neutralize those involved in the illegal drug trade.

“You went to the PMA. You were educated on a scholarship of the people’s money because we wanted a good soldier. Why did you do that to the Filipinos?” the President expressed as he convened the government’s security cluster for a command conference in Davao City.

Dangerous time

The last three years of his administration will be the “most dangerous time” in the lives of drug lords and drug pushers, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed.

Citing the recent spate of gruesome crimes, particularly the rape-slay case of a 16-year-old high school student in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu, the Chief Executive issued the warning as he promised to end drug menace by the time he steps down from office.

“I have 3 years left, I would make it the most dangerous time of your life, as a drug pusher, drug lord,” an obviously exasperated Mr. Duterte said in his speech at the campaign sortie of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino in Cauayan City, Isabela last Wednesday night.

Christine Silawan, a student of Maribago High School, was first reported missing by her family before being found lifeless in a vacant lot. She was naked from the waist down, her face skinned to bone.

Autopsy reports showed she sustained 16 stab wounds and was sexually assaulted. Her internal organs were also said to be “missing.”

Root is drugs

“Those sons of b*tches killed someone and skinned her face. I told the police, it could be the work of a cult. I ordered them to search for the killers. I told them, that’s because of drugs,” stated the President.

He also mentioned other incidents of sexual assault, particularly rape incidents where the victims were minors.

“Nowadays, children are being raped. There was a five-year-old kid raped by a priest. The other one, four months. The one that raped that four-month-old is already dead. You can all go to hell,” Mr. Duterte said.

Dig deep

“Human rights, maybe you don’t know… Try to dig into the case and you would find my revulsion about it,” he added.

“I kiss women, I hug women, but I never raped them,” he said.

Strong in his resolve to establish law and order in the country, the President reiterated anew his warning to those who have committed heinous acts against the public and those involved in the illegal drug trade.

“Do not destroy my country, either by drugs or by committing rampant criminality because I will kill you,” the Chief Executive stressed.

“And do not feed my children and my neighbors’ children with shabu or any other drugs… Ecstasy… Because I will kill you. And that is a warning to everybody,” he concluded.

source: tribune.net.ph



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