The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) wants the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to postpone the release of the narco-list to the public.
PDEA Dir. Gen. Aaron Aquino said that they have yet to finish their re-validation of the names include in the narco-list.
Aquino stressed that PDEA agents need to repeatedly go into the ground to confirm the intelligence reports and information regarding politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.
The PDEA chief also pointed out that building a case against these narco-politicians is difficult since they do not come in contact with illegal drugs. Their involvement in illegal drug operations is also limited to either as protectors and financiers.
Aquino said that the re-validation serves the purpose of confirming the narco-politicians’ level of involvement and gather additional information to build the case against them.
“It will even reach up to one year or two years para makapag-case build-up ka,” Aquino said during DZRH’s Isyu.
“Kung hindi ka makakuha ng hard or strong evidence to pin them down, daanin mo through financial investigation. That’s the only way if there is money laundering, or are they financing terrorism, or are they considered as narco-terrorist,” Aquino added.
Aquino insisted that filing a case against these narco-politicians without a strong evidence will just waste the efforts of law enforcement units.
“Niloloko niyo lang ang taong-bayan. Bakit hindi niyo totohanan na talagang mag-kalap ng magandang ebidensya at file niyo ng kaso,” Aquino stressed.
“When you validate something, let us just be sure that the information will now become intelligence. Otherwise, kung madiliin, baka pagdating ng araw pare-pareho kaming mamroblema dito,” Aquino said.
The PDEA chief has been vocal in his opposition against the publicizing of the narco-list, which President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the DILG to do ahead of the May elections.
However, Aquino said that he will obey the order of the President to release the list of alleged narco-politicians.