The barangay narco list PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 May 2018 12:06

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

Murder mysteries as exemplified in the novels of James Patterson and Jonathan/Faye Kellerman are my favorite genre for relaxation reading. And for TV movies too. Netflix has been a boost since we signed up for it at home. I might also add that it is from these novels or TV dramas that I have learned a little of police procedures and US laws as these apply to police work. I mention these, reader, to show where I am coming from in my reaction to the barangay narco list widely covered by the media in connection with the coming barangay election.

I am surprised that the IBP and other lawyer groups have not come out more strongly against this business of making public such a list.

I am no lawyer but I do not think it is right that the PDEA should name certain people as drug protectors or even as personalities engaged in the drug business as users or pushers. It is claimed that these lists of names have been supported by intelligence data and have been verified. But if that were so, then cases should have been filed against the people named in the lists. You can’t simply name them as having been investigated and found to be involved in the drug business. And as to the claim that these lists have been checked and double checked it has turned out that some names refer to people who have died some months back. How reliable then is the claim that the other names are those of people who are in the drug trade in one way or another?

This administration has a very simplistic way of interpreting people’s position to the drug war as carried out by Mr. Duterte and his minions in the PNP, the PDEA and the Department of Justice. If you question the manner they carry out the drug war – the shooting deaths of those “nanlaban”, even the teenage ones, then you are against the government’s efforts against drug use in the country. It is not that simple. There is the end – which is to eliminate drug traffic in the country- and which most of us support. And there is the means by which the end is pursued, and this is what many of us strongly disagree with.

Which brings me to an episode of Blue Bloods. In the same family is a police detective and a prosecutor in the DA’s office. The issue comes up because the prosecutor tells the detective that no case will be filed against a suspect because there is not enough evidence that will hold up in court. In the Philippines they don’t have to have evidence – it is enough that one’s name is on a list that has already been prepared. Is this the Philippine brand of  justice?


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