National Bureau of Investigation to probe politicians on narco-list

March 06, 2019
Menardo Guevarra

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) will look into the alleged involvement in drugs of politicians especially local government officials on the so-called narco-list.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that he would direct the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct its own investigation once President Duterte announces the names of the suspect politicians.

“Once the list is made public, we shall request the sources of the information (Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Local Government Units) to provide us with copies of their intelligence reports,” he said.

Guevarra explained that once the reports are found to have basis, he would direct the NBI “to further investigate, build up the proper cases and file the appropriate complaints, if warranted.”

President Duterte has authorized Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to release the list of politicians linked to illegal drug activities ahead of the campaign period for local bets.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte ordered the release of the list of narco politicians next week in an effort to inform voters, despite warnings from several opposition personalities of possible criminal cases against authorities for making public unverified drug allegations.

Guevarra also said that wiretapped conversation gathered by a foreign government may be used as evidence in court against alleged politicians involved in illegal drug trade.

The DoJ chief said while wiretapping is prohibited in the country, wiretapped evidence could be allowed if it came from other countries where wiretapping is not against the law.

“If the wiretapped conversation came from a country where wiretapping is not illegal, then it may be passed on to our government and considered admissible in Philippine courts,” he explained.