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Diokno: ‘Narco-list’ violated law, due process

By: - Correspondent / @KBaraoidanINQ
/ 06:31 PM March 20, 2019
Diokno: ‘Narco-list’ a violation of law, due process

Senatorial candidate and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno talks with youth leaders in Nagcarlan, Laguna. Photo by CHRIS QUINTANA/CONTRIBUTOR

BAY, Laguna – Opposition senatorial candidate and human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno on Wednesday said that the recent release of the “narco-list” or the list of local officials supposedly involved in the illegal drugs trade is a violation of the law and due process.

“They weaponized the list. It is a weapon for silencing the opposition,” said Diokno during a meeting with representatives from various sectors in select towns in Laguna province.

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On March 14, President Duterte named 46 elected officials tagged in the illegal drugs trade.

Diokno said the list could be easily used for political purposes, especially during elections.

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“The narcolist is not evidence. Its basis is intelligence information. But intelligence is hearsay, what they’ve gathered. Whatever they say, it’s not a strong (piece of) evidence,” he said.

Diokno said the government should gather evidence and file a case against those proven to be involved in illegal drugs. /gsg

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