Guevarra asks PDEA for names of prosecutors in narcolist

Published April 2, 2019, 1:14 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jeffrey Damicog 

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has asked the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) disclose the names of prosecutors in its drug watch list.

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

Guevarra said Tuesday (April 2) that he has already made the request in a letter he sent to PDEA on Monday, seeking a copy of the list of prosecutors suspected to be engaged in the narcotics trade.

“I sent my letter to PDEA yesterday,” he said in a text message.

At the moment, the Secretary said the PDEA has not yet responded to his request.

Earlier, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino revealed there are 10 prosecutors and 13 judges were in its drug watch list.

Because of this, Guevarra said he will personally lead the fact-finding investigation against the 10 prosecutors in the PDEA’s narco-list.

“Once identified and there’s scintilla of evidence, I myself will lead the investigation against them. That (involvement of prosecutors in illegal drug trade) is just unacceptable,” Guevarra said.

He pointed out that the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte implements a zero tolerance policy when it comes to involvement of government officials in illegal drugs, particularly in the DOJ which is tasked to prosecute drug suspects.

In the meantime, Guevarra said validation efforts continue on the case build-up against the 46 politicians named by the President allegedly involved in illegal drugs.