Duterte to name new set of narco-politicians – JV Ejercito
MANILA, Philippines – There’s no stopping President Rodrigo Duterte from cracking down on politicians supposedly linked to illegal drugs.
While Duterte met with 7 senators on Monday night mainly to discuss tax reforms, the topic of narco-politics did not escape the agenda.
Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, one of those present in Malacañang, said Duterte is set to name the second round of politicians "very soon." (READ: The Duterte list: Judges, mayors, police officials linked to drugs)
“Actually may hawak siyang listahan, all of the public officials that he will be naming very soon. Sabi niya ito ang rason bakit ganito kalala ang problema sa droga, dahil nga may proteksyon. Siguro nga may umaalalay,” Ejercito told reporters on Tuesday, August 16.
(Actually he was holding a list, all of the public officials that he will be naming very soon. He said this is the reason why the problem of drugs is worsening because there are protectors. Maybe there are coddlers.)
Ejercito said Duterte did not show the complete list, as he only mentioned some names.
The list of supposed narco-politicians includes mostly mayors, councilors, and former congressmen, many of whom come from Mindanao, Duterte’s home island, Ejercito said.
The senator claimed there are no incumbent representatives or senators on the President’s list.
“Hindi, binanggit lang ang ilan. May mayors, [former] congressmen, more of mayors and councilors. Marami sa probinsya, marami sa Mindanao,” he said.
(No, he just mentioned some. There are mayors, [former] congressmen, more of mayors and councilors. There are many from the provinces, from Mindanao.)
Asked if there are officials from Metro Manila, Ejercito said: “Mga konsehal, konsehal lang ata. Sa probinsiya marami, mayors and councilors.” (I think only councilors. In the province, there are mayors and councilors.)
Other senators present in the meeting in Malacañang were Alan Peter Cayetano, Joel Villanueva, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, and Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez presented Duterte-backed tax reforms, such as the lowering of the corporate and personal income taxes. – Rappler.com