PNP validating 85 ‘narco pols’ in Central Luzon

February 09, 2019

CABANATUAN CITY -- At least 85 politicians, including mayors, congressmen, council members, barangay chairmen and others in the government service included in the drug watchlist are being monitored for proper re-validation, review, and updating by the Philippine National Police in Central Luzon.

Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon M. Coronel bared this when members of the national oversight committee on illegal drugs conducted a meeting with top regional, provincial, municipal and city police chiefs at the Nueva Ecija PNP Hostel inside the provincial police compound here on Friday.

They were welcomed by provincial police director Senior Supt. Leon Victor Z. Rosete, along with the other top NEPPO officials. Also present during the event was PNP deputy director-general Archie Francisco Gamboa, the deputy chief for operations.

In the gathering, Gamboa said they intend to set policies or parameters to be able to validate and abjudicate the list in order to avoid any discrepancies in truly identifying the drug pushers, the drug users and the drug lords from each other.

In Central Luzon, at least 68,000 individuals included in the watchlist, are classified as pushers, users and traffickers with 55 percent of which have already surrendered, and 18,000 arrested while 6,000 others are still being hunted.

In an interview with newsmen, Coronel said this program aims to conduct an audit and inventory on police operational procedures to see to it that crime records and the anti-illegal drug’s data are in conformity and harmony with the existing records.