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Ilegal yan! Palace backtacks on claim ‘narco-list’ came from foreign wiretaps

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang on Thursday clarified that the government’s narco-list information was obtained from the wiretaps done by foreign governments, saying that his previous statement was based on “logic.”

“First, it is the policy of the government to comply with the law. Wiretapping is illegal in the country so that’s it,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency has denied it received wiretapped information from other countries regarding suspected drug personalities.

Panelo earlier said that China, Israel, the United States, and Russia supplied us information to help identify drug suspects.

In his media briefing today, the chief presidential legal counsel pointed out that the list of alleged politicians involved in illegal drugs was based on surveillance, testimonials from drug surrenderees and those arrested for drug-related offenses, and high technology.

“What I was saying was that, if in the course of cooperation between countries like combat terrorism and the illegal drug industry, information will suddenly be thrown into our lap without us asking it, nandun na, and the information points to a terrorist or a drug lord, then, if it is a matter of national security, I don’t think na masama na gamitin natin yung information as lead,” he further said.

“Rememeber, I said, wiretapping is illegal and therefore any information coming from that cannot be admissible as evidence. Kung lead lang, for instance, binigyan tayo ng information na si Mr X e drug lord, o hindi ba that would be lead for law enforcement agencies to conduct surveillance on that person. I don’t think that would be illegal,” Panelo added.

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