Palace to ‘narco’ politicos: File libel if rights violated
By Prince Golez
Malacanang urged politicians who are included on the narco-list to sue for libel if they feel that their legal rights have been violated.
Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement in response to the planned release of another list of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade before the May polls.
“The President if you recall had already released that list so logically he will not oppose that,” Panelo said.
“As I said if you feel you are libeled, if you feel that your rights are violated then you can go to the courts,” he added.
The chief presidential legal counsel also stressed the constitutional duty of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to inform the voters of candidates involved in illegal drug activities
“Kasi you really have to balance yung duty ng gobyerno na ipaalam sa taumbayan yung kailangan na malaman nila because under the Constitution, the right to information is enshrined tungkulin ng gobyerno din yun. At the same time, we have also the presumption of innocence,” said Panelo.