By SHIELA MAE BUTLIG
MISAMIS Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vicente Emano has opposed moves for the Duterte administration to go public with its so-called “narco list,” cautioning that its proponents could damage reputations without evidence.
Unless there is solid evidence against politicians in the supposed “narco list,” Emano said such a document should not be released to the public especially before the elections.
Speaking to reporters in Claveria town on Friday, Emano said it would not be fair for the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to identify any person in the “narco list” without showing any proof. He said the government cannot just link anyone to crime without showing evidence.
He said the name of anyone identified to be in the list would be ruined and their families would be hurt.
But Emano qualified his statement: “Kung naay igong ebidensya, uyon ko.”
Emano also said those accused of being involved in the illegal drug trade should be charged in court.
“Give them their day in court. Ayaw nang ang droga karon mao ni sila, unya taman raka diha, unya wala imong i-file nga kaso. How will you defend yourself?” Emano asked rhetorically.
He added: “I hope nga dili unta in ana ’no nga i-public gyud.”
Emano said he would prefer that the government launch a shame campaign against those involved in corruption. “Sa corruption, mag-file man sa ombudsman but with drugs, it’s very difficult… You’re destroying the life not only of that person but his wife and children.”