Officials in narc list “will never be delisted”

BAGUIO CITY–Director Marlo Iringan of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Cordillera said that government officials in the “narcolist” recently released by the Philippene Drug Enforcement Administration (PDEA).

“They will never be delisted…they will forever be monitored,” Iringan, reiterated during a press conference last May 9. He said that the “narcolist” was verified by four government agencies that inlcude PDEA, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

It can be recalled that Jomarc Pabunan, a village council member in Baguio City who was included in the list as Jumar
Pabunan reiterated that he shouldn’t be on the list because he proved in 2016 that he had no drug connections.
Even Senior Supt. Ramil Saculles, Baguio police director, said Pabunan did not figure in their list of drug personalities after he cleared his name in 2016.

Pabunan said the PDEA list should be corrected. He said that those who mistakenly placed his name on the list should be responsible enough to correct their mistake. But he also expressed fears that if he continues to be vocal about the errors in the PDEA drug list, “baka lalo ako madiin (I may still be prosecuted).”

Pabunan said that on the day the PDEA “drug list” came out on the media he went to the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) and PDEA to ask why is he being implicated again.

“When I went to PDEA, I was told that the local office can not just delete names from the list and that they were waiting for the deleting process guidelines to be set,” Pabunan said.

Director General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said that village officials who included in the PDEA drug list can go through the delisting process. He explained that there is an adjudication process that starts from the barangay all the way up to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). But he said the police also have their own adjudication process.

Albayalde, who was at the Baguio Country Club last May 4 said they will still have to investigate and gather evidence before they could file cases against those who are included in the list.

“If we find evidence we can always conduct active police operations against them, if we do not find anything then we can always go talk to them and ask them to surrender ala tokhang,” Albayalde said. #Kimberlie Ngabit-Quitasol

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