13 politikos in Western Visayas on ‘narco-list’

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Thirteen politicians in Western Visayas are included in the so-called “narco-list.”

This was according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), adding that the individuals are candidates for congressman, governor, vice governor, mayor, and vice governor.

“We started the validation in the third quarter of 2018,” PDEA Regional Director Alex Tablate said.

Tablate declined to identify these politicians because its vetting process is ongoing. He, however, saod that seven of the 13 politicians are incumbents.

“These candidates are protectors. They are not really into trafficking illegal drugs,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said he was leaving it up to the Department of the Interior and Local Government to decide on the release of the list of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.