JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra has guaranteed impartiality in the investigation of politicians included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s list of public officials allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade.
Guevarra made this assurance as he vowed to have the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) look into the alleged narco-politicians.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have already filed administrative complaints against those on the list before the Office of the Ombudsman.
“On the other hand, the DoJ will investigate the criminal aspect once the proper complaints or intelligence reports are submitted to us,” Guevarra said.
“In compliance with the requirements of due process, we shall likewise give these persons named in the narco-list ample opportunity to disprove the allegations against them,” he said.
With many in the list running in this year’s May polls, Guevarra said he hopes that the investigations will be finished before the elections.
“Kung dumating yung reports/complaints early enough (When the reports/complaints arrive), we’ll try to finish any criminal investigation before the elections,” he said.
Guevarra said they will give their best effort in finishing the investigations early considering the large number of persons on the list.