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Disqualify candidates in narco-list? Hindi puwede ‘yan, says Palace

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte is not amenable to disqualifying politicians allegedly involved in illegal drugs, said Malacanang.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier proposed that electoral candidates in Duterte’s drug list should be disqualified from seeking an elective post.

A total of 93 local officials, 58 of which are mayors, are linked to illegal drugs, said DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo Año, citing a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency report.

“Point well taken, but the President is a lawyer,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday.

“He knows that they cannot be disqualified unless they have been convicted with finality and that the accessory penalty of disqualification from public office has been decreed by the court,” Roque said.

Año said they will submit their “proposal-recommendation” to the Commission on Elections if these individuals can be disqualified.

“‘Yung sa last time kasi, mga barangay (officials). This time, marami-rami ito. Candidates for provincial governor and Sangguniang Panglungsod and Panlalawigan down to municipality,” the Interior official said during the launching of Bantay Korapsyon in Quezon City.