DOJ set to probe politicians in narco-list

By Jeffrey Damicog

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is set to investigate the narco-politicians named by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra Friday reiterated his commitment to conduct the investigation even after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has already filed criminals complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) against the alleged 46 narco-politicians in the list.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“As soon as the DOJ receives the intel reports from the DILG/PDEA or copies of the complaints filed with the OMB, we shall commence our own criminal investigation,” Guevarra said.

Earlier, Guevarra had said he will direct the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct the investigation once the list was released.

On orders of President Duterte, the DILG filed before the OMB the complaints last Thursday against the alleged narco-politicians whose names were provided by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The initial list released to the public by the President included 35 mayors, seven vice-mayors, one provincial board member and three Congressmen.

They 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.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the list was evaluated and meticulously validated by the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) chaired by PDEA in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), DILG among others.

 
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