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DILG to disqualify over 600 LGU bets on narcolist, facing suspensio and criminal charges

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday said it would seek the disqualification of erring local government officials who would run in next year’s mid-term elections.

Interior OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Año said since 2016, there are 300 local officials facing administrative cases who might be suspended and dismissed, while 93 are included on the narco-list and 250 have pending cases investigated by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

“We will submit our proposal-recommendation to the Comelec (Commission on Elections) kung pwedeng i-disqualify yung candidate (if we can have the candidate disqualified). Yung sa last time kasi, mga barangay (Last time, we had barangay officials). This time, marami-rami ito (there are so many). Candidates for provincial governor and Sangguniang Panglungsod and Panlalawigan down to municipality,” Año told reporters after the launching of Bantay Korapsyon at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City.

Año added that there is no need for any legislation on the matter because the poll body has the authority to disqualify candidates.

He said they have yet to determine when they will be able to file their recommendations to the Comelec regarding the issue.

The period for the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) of all candidates in the forthcoming elections will be from Oct. 11 to 17, except on Oct. 13 (Saturday) and Oct. 14 (Sunday) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.