IBP president warns vs. shaming law professionals in narco list: Wala pang napapatunayan!
Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo has warned the government against disclosing another drug list naming lawyers, judges and prosecutors.
Fajardo made the warning after Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino said the agency’s drugs watchlist also includes lawyers, prosecutors and judges.
“However, we protest drug lists that publicly shame prosecutors who dismiss drug complaints for insufficiency of evidence, and judges who acquit drug suspects on constitutional grounds,” Fajardo stressed.
“Government agents are not licensed to perverse or relax constitutional standards on buy-bust and search and seizure operations, and a defeat in the legal arena on such basis must not be interpreted as drug coddling or protection,” he pointed out.
Instead, Fajardo encouraged “law enforcement operatives to prosecute and spare no one, not even lawyers, prosecutors or judges, who are into drug possession and use, as this continues to be an offense penalized under the Anti-Drug Act.”
“The malefactors may also be held administratively liable for misconduct, and must be proceeded against before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the Department of Justice, or the Supreme Court, as the case may be,” he added.
President Rodrigo Duterte has already publicly disclosed a narco-list of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade.
The list, which was provided by the PDEA, included included 35 mayors, seven vice-mayors, one provincial board member and three Congressmen.