Enrile on narco-list: President has duty to inform public

March 18, 2019

PWERSA ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) senatorial candidate and former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Saturday  expressed his support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to release the names of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drugs.

Enrile, during a weekend sortie in Bacolod City, told the media that politicians should not worry about the list and allow the law to take its course.

“If you have not done anything wrong, let the process of the law go through. After all, the pronouncement of the President is not a conviction. It is simply a duty on his part, in my view, to inform the public that these people are suspects, and they are running for high public offices,” the former Senate President said in a press conference.   
The 95-year old Enrile defended the president’s announcement.

“It is the duty of the President as the head of nation to inform the people that these people are engaged in something that is deleterious to the nation and to the society,” he said.

The veteran lawmaker, however, warned that the list is damaging particularly to innocent people.

“I think it’s about time that they expose the people who are into this, provided they really study the evidence very carefully so that innocent people are not unduly damaged,” Enrile said.

Enrile added that the Duterte administration’s war on drugs is part of the President’s duty to execute the laws of the land.

He said that those named by the president should defend themselves in a court of law.