Politicians in ‘narco’ list should be investigated first before list is released – bishop

Published March 6, 2019, 11:10 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Leslie Ann Aquino

A Catholic prelate said that politicians who made it to the supposed “narco list” should be investigated first before the list is released to the public by the Department of the Interior and Local Govern¬ment (DILG) ahead of the May 13 midterm elections.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (CBCP NEWS / ROY LAGARDE)
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo
(CBCP NEWS / ROY LAGARDE / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Those in the list should be investigated and not be tagged because everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said.

“We have the courts to prove them guilty,” he added.

The prelate also believes that releasing the list could be used against those who criticize the government.

“Releasing the narcotics list can be used as a political ploy to go against the critics of the government,” said Pabillo.

“This is an abuse of right of everyone to his/her good name,” he added.

The DILG is expected to release the narco list this month.

The narco list is said to include the names of mayors, vice mayors, governors, vice governors, and congressmen, most of whom are running in the May midterm elections.

 
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