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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lacson: Duterte's apology to Espino prove narco list defective

SENATOR Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday that the recent admission of President Rodrigo Duterte that he committed a mistake in naming former Pangasinan governor and now representative Amado Espino and two others as drug personalities would create a "negative impact."

Lacson said the lapses admitted by the chief executive himself will now question the credibility of the government's drug matrix.

"Definitely, may negatibong epekto sa kredibilidad ng narco matrix ang ginawang pag-amin ng pagkakamali ng Pangulo. And will be aggravated by an unavoidable perception that those who do not have access to him, whether directly or through conduits remain helpless in clearing their names, assuming that they have been unjustly included in the narco list," Lacson said in a statement.

Last Monday, Duterte cleared Espino, former Pangasinan provincial administrator Rafael Baraan and Pangasinan Board member Raul Sison in the so-called New Bilibid Prison matrix.

The said matrix included in it former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima as well as her alleged driver-lover Ronnie Dayan.

"I think somehow we were negligent in counter checking information during the first report. So to Espino and to Sison and Baraan, the brother, not the undersecretary because he is really involved, I would like to apologize to you publicly and I would say now, I’m very sorry," Duterte was quoted as saying.

Lacson, a former chief of the Philippine National Police, said an intelligence report must be treated as "confidential" or a "top secret" document, depending on its security classification.

"It goes without saying that the credibility of that list and all other narco lists involving other sectors for that matter have now become doubtful. An immediate review of all the narco lists is in order. As I said, the President or any official making a classified document public is ill-advised and will not serve the purpose for which it was prepared. "Lacson said. (Sunnex)
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