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Bahala kayo diyan! Palace leaves disqualification of ‘narco list’ bets to Comelec

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang said it’s up to the Department of Interior and Local Government to submit its so-called “narco-list” to the Commission on Elections.

“That’s the call of the Commission on Elections. If it feels that it can disqualify,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a press briefing in Malacañang.

“I was watching the interview of the Spokesperson (James Jimenez) earlier in one television interview… Parang he was saying that they have the authority to disqualify daw. Although, more on – sinasabi niya na kapag walang capability to pursue a national campaign, hindi doon sa whether drugs or not,” Panelo said.

However the newly-designated spokesperson insisted that a candidate cannot be disqualified merely on the basis of suspicion.

A formal complaint must be filed against those who are believed to be involved in illegal drugs, according to him.

“Because that is due process,” Panelo said.