Climaco orders discreet validation of ‘drug list’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 September 2017 18:26

By  VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco, who chairs the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in Zamboanga Peninsula, has instructed the police to double check and validate discreetly the list of personalities allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade in the region.

Climaco cited the case of the previous drug list, also known as the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD) list, that included personalities from the judiciary, police, mayors, down to barangay kagawad, which was questioned by certain quarters for insufficient validation.

However, as far as Zamboanga City is concerned, the mayor said the PRRD list was properly validated, and the local police will submit a report to her and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in October.

But what caught her attention was the separate drug list (not the PRRD list) presented during the RPOC meeting last Sept. 14, and “that list was subject to the complaints given to Malacañang, wherein those listed will have to come up with affidavits to clear their names.”

“So my instruction to the police is to validate their drug list before it becomes final because some of those listed had even assisted in buy bust operations. Unfortunately, in the process they earned the ire of those involved in illegal drugs trade,” the mayor told “Dateline Teleradyo” on TV 11 yesterday morning.

This, after she called the attention of a government agency whose anti-drug agents had submitted a list labeled “For Discreet Validation” but it turned out the list was leaked or showed to personalities listed thereon.

She explained “discreet validation” should be done in a very confidential and prudent manner not to tell those involved “otherwise, it opens to extortion.”

“We are not saying that there was extortion, but that is really the danger when the list is leaked to the suspects in the guise of validation,” she added. “Why show the list to them? What was the motive”

Climaco said she recommended the agents for immediate suspension, and the agency concerned acted upon by relieving those involved in the leak.

In the process of validation, she stressed, “we do not delist names but they will be on the watch list.”-(Vic Larato)