The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will accept the complaints of the numerous local government officials, whose names were included in the list of suspected narco-politicians that was released by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
According to Atty. Jacqueline De Guia, spokesperson of the CHR, while they have not yet receive any such complaints, their regional offices are open to accept them.
De Guia further added that the CHR stand by their previous opinion that it would be better if the government filed charges against the suspected drug personalities rather than publicizing the controversial drug list.
“Maganda yung layunin at adhikain ngunit mas mainam sana kung nag-sampa ng kaso para siguraduhin na may pananagutan upang wakasan ang problema sa droga,” De Guia said during DZRH’s One On One.
The spokesperson of CHR explained that the action of PDEA trespasses the rights of the named local government officials, who cannot respond to the allegations since no official charges were filed against them.
“Nakaapak sa karapatang pang-tao na pangalanan, mas lalong lalo na yung karapatan nila sa presumption of innocence.” De Guia explained. “Dito kasi sa nangyari nagkaroon na ng presumption of guilt bago yung innocence nila.”
De Guia also insisted that the publicized drug – list endangers, not only the implicated individuals, but also their relatives and associates.
“Ito sana yung mga sitwasyon na iniiwasan natin. Yung gusto natin tumimbang sa mga paratang na iyan ay ang hukuman at hindi ang publiko.” De Guia claimed.
The Human rights officer added that they understand the reasons of PDEA for revealing the names of the alleged narco-politicians but wished that they did not intervene on the rights and interests of individuals.
“Naiintindihan natin iyon kasi kaisa tayo ng pamahalaan sa layunin na siguraduhin na maayos ang mga naboboto sa pamahalaan at malinis yung ating pamahalaan.” De Guia added.
De Guia reiterated that filing cases against suspected narco-politicians is a ‘long-term and durable solution’ and would have also informed the public of the identities of officials involved in the operation of illegal drugs.