PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday rejected a suggestion for government to release the names of drug-linked politicians seeking elective posts in the 2019 polls.
“I will not. It’s not a good policy to telegraph your intention or what you know about especially [on] matters of breaking penal laws,” Duterte told reporters in Davao City following his arrival from Bali, Indonesia where he attended the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering on Thursday.
Duterte’s statement came a week after Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Eduardo Año said they were pushing for the disqualification of around 600 local officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs and other corruption activities from the May 2019 elections.
Of this number, Año said almost 300 officials were relieved or suspended due to alleged corruption, more or less 200 officials are under investigation, and 93 officials are supposedly linked to illegal drugs.
Interior Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya said they will submit the names to the Commission on Elections “for their proper disposition.”
Malacañang, however, said a candidate cannot be barred from running unless he is convicted by the court for a crime with finality.