Drug blacklist went  through rigorous preparation - Andanar | Inquirer News

Drug blacklist went  through rigorous preparation – Andanar

'President Duterte's baring of list a 'masterstroke' in making persons of interest face police probes on drugs'
/ 06:41 PM August 08, 2016

Martin-Andanar-file-0711 -- Inquirer -- Joan Bondoc

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY –  The Duterte administration did not err in naming persons of interest linked to the illegal drug trade as the preparation of the list went through a very rigorous process, said Presidential Communications secretary Martin Andanar on Monday.


Andanar, who was here Monday, said the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) submitted to the President the list, which the agencies properly vetted to ensure that the chief executive would receive “topnotch” information.

“The PNP and PDEA have their own vetting process in writing down or including personalities in the drug watch list,” Andanar told reporters during a meet-and-greet with the local media at a hotel here Monday.


Andanar said if someone was listed as a drug pusher, said the PDEA would have to check and coordinate with different agencies and investigate before that person would be put on the list.

“It’s not easy to be included in the list (of) drug watch personalities, in the same way that it is hard for a person to be taken out of that list,” he explained.

In removing a person from the drug watch list due to death, for instance, he said, the family of that person should appear before the PDEA or PNP and present that person’s death certificate as proof.

Andanar claimed that the dead were included in the list because their families no longer bothered to go to law enforcement agencies to have their names taken out.

But Andanar did not say if the persons who were being monitored by the police on suspicion of drug ties were ever interviewed or invited for questioning and informed by the police or PDEA that they were suspected of drug trade involvement.  Andanar did not settle the question of whether those in the drug list could have known previously that that they were persons of interest on the drug watchlist and should therefore coordinate with the police to clear their names.

The move of the President to go public with the names on the list using the executive power of immunity, he said, has been “a masterstroke because now all these persons of interest— alleged drug lords, alleged drug coddlers, alleged drug protectors —will have to come out in the open, submit themselves for investigation with the PNP to clear their names out of that list and they will have to go through that process.”

“It has never been done in the history of this country, and we have to give it to our President who understands the power that he has to stop the drug proliferation that is destroying the lives of more than three million Filipinos,” he said.


Andanar said the list has long been in existence during the past presidencies, but was revealed for the first time last Sunday, by President Duterte, in line with the priority he has given to the anti-drug campaign and his solid commitment to ensure its success.  SFM


Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: anti-crime campaign, anti-drug campaign, anti-drug operations, anti-drugs operation, Crime, disarming, disarming of policemen under investigation, drug protectors in the police, drug pushing, drug pushing suspects, Drug trafficking, drug trafficking protectors, drug trafficking suspects, drug watchlist, illegal drug trade, Illegal drugs, Justice, law, Law and Order, law enforcement, Local authorities, Local Government Units, Local Governments, Local officials, local officials tagged as drug protectors, local officials tagged in crimes, Martin Andanar, methamphetamine hydrochloride, Nation, News, Peace and Order, Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine president, Police, police ID and badge of policemen under investigation, police investigation, policemen tagged as drug protectors, policemen tagged in crimes, policemen under investigation, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Public safety, recall of firearms, Regions, relief of policemen, Rodrigo Duterte, Security, shabu, suspected drug pushers, suspected drug traffickers, suspension of policemen
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.