Narco-list release okayed

TOP government and security officials on Wednesday agreed to release the controversial narco-list or the list of politicians said to be involved in illegal drug trafficking activities or acting as drug protectors following a meeting in Camp Crame, the Journal Group learned from some of those who attended the discussions.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino last March 5 said that the narco-list was down to 82 politicians, including mayors, vice mayors and congressmen.

As of 4 p.m. yesterday, Interior and Local Government spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya confirmed the report. “The narco-list will be released today in the NPOC (National Peace and Order Council) meeting here in Davao,” Malaya said in a text message to reporters in Manila.

Malaya sad that the disclosure would be made either by President Duterte or DILG Secretary Eduardo M.  Año. However, he added that the narco-list would most probably be bared by the president during the NPOC meeting at around 6 p.m.

Sources said that Secretary Año wanted the narco-list released by the President himself citing presidential immunity from legal suits.  The DILG chief has pushed for the release of the narco-list saying it would serve as a guide for voters in the forthcoming May 13 national and local elections.

Top Philippine National Police and Armed Forces officials flew to Davao City for a command conference with President Duterte yesterday. The PNP’s highest official present in the NCR is its Officer-in-Charge, PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Deputy Director General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.