By Chito Chavez
Most politicians included in the President’s narco-list have continuously denied their illegal drug links insisting their inclusion in the shame roster is concocted by their political rivals.
But the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) vouched for its accuracy pointing to the 14 months of extensive evaluation, validation, and investigation of the said politicians.
Derrick Arnold Carreon, PDEA spokesman noted that members of the Interagency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD), which the agency is part of, conducted the probe negating the “concerned party’s claims that their inclusion was politically motivated.”
However, Carreon said those in the narco-list may seek legal recourse as their case is now with the Office of the Ombudsman.
While others complained of their inclusion in the shame list, Puerto Princesa City Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida expressed relief his name’s exclusion in the list.
This came about after Marcaida claimed that his political rivals had resorted to dirty politics spreading lies to tarnish his image that included his supposed illegal drug links which is false, baseless, and mere fabrication.
According to Marcaida, who was earlier tested negative for illegal drugs, that he will not compromise and risk the life of his family after lies were spread that explosives and assorted powerful firearms are hidden in his residence where his wife and children are staying.
Carreon said the 46 narco-politicians announced by the President are only a partial list where extensive scrutiny, revalidation, investigation, and evaluation are still being conducted by the ICAD to determine other politicians in the illegal drug business.
With the recent announcement of the initial narco-politician list, PDEA expressed apprehension that some of them may leave the country without securing the required permit from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to escape prosecution.
PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino wants concerned government agencies to bar the said politicians without the necessary requirements barred from going abroad.
He noted the narco-politicians may illegally extend their stay abroad or go to another country which is not officially declared in the event a DILG permit is secured.