27 politicians in narco list elected in midterm elections

Published May 20, 2019, 3:49 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Aaron Recuenco 

At least 27 politicians in President Duterte’s list of narco-politicians won in the May 13 midterm elections, a top police official said Monday.

PNP CHIEF DIR GEN. Oscar Albayalde, speaks during a press conferecne about the recently concluded Barangay and SK Election 2018, at the PNP National Election Monitoring Center (NEMAC) at Camp Crame in Quezon City, May 15 2018. According to the PNP, the election is generally peaceful. (Mark Balmores)
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde
(Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

PNP Chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said 37 of the 47 politicians listed in the President’s narco list actually ran for public office in this year’s elections.

“Of the 37 who ran, 27 of them won. That is according to our data,” said Albayalde.

Before the May 13 midterm elections, the government released the names of politicians accused of being involved in illegal drugs trade.

The move was allegedly meant to discourage voters from electing them. But based on the election results, the release of the list had little effect as most of the narco politicians still won.

Despite the release of the narco list, the government has yet to file charges against the alleged drug personalities.

“The DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) is the one handling their cases,” said Albayalde.

“The investigation on them is continuous and charges will immediately be filed if there are pieces of evidence obtained,” he added.

He said the charges would be both criminal and administrative.

Albayalde said some of those in the narco list won in the mayoral and gubernatorial race. Some of them are from Central Luzon and Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon).