By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will provide security to politicians who were included in President Duterte’s newest “narco-list” if ever they receive death threats.
Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, said that the inclusion of 46 politicians in the narco-list doesn’t mean that the police will just let them be in case they receive threats to their life.
“The PNP assures all the affected officials who are included in the list that we are ready to provide security to them if proven that there is a high risk of threat to their life,” Banac said.
According to the PNP official, such move “is part of our mandate to ensure the safety and protection of all Filipino citizens.”
“This is not only for elected government officials. We are ready to provide security even to the clergy, media, and ordinary citizens who fear for their life,” Banac added.
But he clarified that the politicians included in the narco-list must prove first that they are, indeed, receiving death threats.
Last Thursday, President Duterte bared the names of 46 politicians who were allegedly involved in illegal drugs. It includes 35 mayors, seven vice mayors, a provincial board member and three members of the House of Representatives.
Hearing the objections and lamentations of the politicians, the PNP stressed that the right of the public to know who are included in the shame list far outweighed the right to privacy of the accused.
According to the PNP, the narco-list has been validated for 14 months by various government agencies including the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).
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