Palace on filing criminal charges vs. narco-politicians: Hinahanda pa ang ebidensya!

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang prefers to wait until the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) files criminal charges against politicians allegedly linked to the illegal drug trade.

Only graft and administrative and charges were filed against the 46 alleged narco-politicians President Rodrigo Duterte publicly named last week.

The new drug list contained three lawmakers, 33 mayors, eight vice mayors, and one board member.

“Aantayin natin. Siguro, they are still preparing the testimonial and documentary evidence,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a media briefing on Tuesday.

Asked if they will urge the DILG to immediately file criminal charges against the officials, Panelo said: “They don’t have to be urged. That’s their duty. In fact, they said so that they are preparing as soon as they are ready.”