Panelo brushes off protests of exposed narco-politikos: They can always file a case in court
Malacañang on Friday said politikos who felt aggrieved in their inclusion on the government’s “narco-list” could always go to a judge to contest President Rodrigo Duterte’s accusations.
“There is always a remedy to judicial resort for those in the list who feel they have been injured by the announcement that their names are included in the list,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. He was reacting to Leyte 3rd District Rep. Vicente “Ching” Veloso’s recent pronouncement that he would file charges against those who included him on the list.
Panelo said Veloso “welcomes the filing of the administrative charge against him so he can refute his inclusion in the list”.
Panelo also defended President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s decision to release the list.
“The individual right of an individual is subordinate to the right of the state to secure and protect itself from the wrongdoers of society when public safety is endangered apart from the people have the constitutional right to be informed on matters that concern their welfare and health,” he said.
Panelo said the drug menace is a national security problem as it concerns Filipino families and society.
Duterte on Thursday night released the list of 46 local government officials allegedly linked to illegal drug trade ahead of the May 13 mid-term elections.
The President bared the drug list during the National and Regional Peace and Order Council meeting at Arcadia in Davao City.
The President said the 46 alleged narco-politicians are the names, which have been validated and vetted by government agencies.
He said there were more names on the narco-lost by they still needed further validation.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday filed complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman against the 46 officials. (PNA)