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JPE backs release of narco-list

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BACOLOD CITY  — Senatorial candidate Juan Ponce Enrile has expressed support over President Duterte’s move to release the list containing the names of politicians allegedly involved in illegal drugs.

“If you have not done anything wrong, let the process of the law go through. After all, the pronouncement of the President is not a conviction. It is simply a duty on his part, in my view, to inform the public that these people are suspects, and they are running for high public offices,” Enrile said in a press conference as part of his campaign tour here Saturday.

Juan Ponce Enrile (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Juan Ponce Enrile (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

He pointed out that the Chief Executive “cannot convict, but politically, it is the duty of the President as the head of nation, to inform the people that these people are engaged in something that is deleterious to the nation and to the society.”

“The public should know who are these people running and involved in violations of the law,” said the 95-year-old lawyer, politician, and former Senate president.

“I think it’s about time that they expose the people who are into this, provided they really study the evidence very carefully so that innocent people are not unduly damaged,” he added.

Enrile noted that the administration’s war on drugs is part of the President’s duty to execute the laws of the land.

“We have the law criminalizing drugs. It is the duty of the President to enforce that law. He’s not convicting them, but he is enforcing the law. Let them get a lawyer to defend themselves,” he said.

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