A GREAT majority of the Filipino people now look forward to going to the polls anew in May 2019 without the so-called “narco” politicians.
History tells us that “narco” politicians, notably those seeking local posts, are unbeatable during elections in various parts of the country.
Aware of this, two members of the House of Representatives have called on the Ombudsman to investigate public officials allegedly involved in the illegal drug business.
Antipolo City Rep. Romeo Acop and Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin issued the call to boost President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s total war against drug trafficking and abuse.
Acop and Garbin pressed the Ombudsman to use its motu proprio power to probe government officials, who are reportedly behind the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.
Both Acop, chairman of the House committee on public order and safety, and Garbin, a member of the minority bloc, are lawyers.
A retired police general, Acop stressed that the Office of the Ombudsman “can even act on anonymous complaints against public officials.”
Garbin, on the other hand, said the Ombudsman should conduct the probe immediately given the magnitude of the drug problem in this impoverished Southeast Asian nation.
It will be recalled that President Duterte called for the resetting of this year’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to next year due to the presence of “narco” politicians.
“Tama si Pangulong Duterte dahil baka mamili ng boto ang mga ‘narco’ politician sa kagustuhang manalo sa halalan,” said a village official in Pindangan East, Alcala, Pangasinan.
We hope that the Duterte administration succeeds in ridding the country of “narco” politicians before the holding of the local and national elections in May 2019.
Bending to the will of the people, including the electorate, will be good for the nation and the people.