Pols, others on narco-list lose security

HUNDREDS of politicians and others on President Duterte’s so-called narco-list have been stripped of their firearms licenses and even police security details if they have any, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.

The PNP chief said that shortly after the President released the narco-list, he directed the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office headed by Brigadier General Valeriano T. de Leon to revoke the firearms’ licenses of all the individuals said to be involved directly or indirectly in illegal drug trafficking or protecting them.

Gen. Albayalde said that many of those on the narco-list voluntarily surrendered their firearms to the PNP while the police security details of some of them were immediately recalled.

Police Security and Protection Group director Brigadier General Filmore B. Escobal said that the Commission on Elections also granted their request to cancel or revoke the Comelec Certificate of Authority to employ, avail or engage the services of security personnel, if any, given to public officials/candidates who were named and listed as having involvement in illegal drugs.

Last April 17, the PNP representative to the Comelec Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel technical working group, Brig. Gen. Rey Lyndon T. Lawas informed the Committee of the action taken by the PNP on or security personnel detailed to those in the ‘narco-list.’