Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters that President Rodrigo Duterte’s list of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade would be released next week.
Lawmakers oppose publication of the narcolist, saying politicians whose names were included in the list should be accorded due process. They also warned that officials who would disclose the identities of the politicians risked libel suits.
Director General Aaron Aquino of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) likewise opposes publication of the list, indicating that the list was not fully verified. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez for his part said that only final conviction in court could disqualify a candidate from running in May.
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said candidates who were on the President’s narcolist may seek temporary restraining orders (TROs) to stop the publication of the list. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian warned that candidates listed as narcopoliticians may use the issue to bolster their candidacies by claiming that. the accusations against them are politically-motivated.