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DILG sets own probe

  • Written by Joel dela Torre
  • Published in Nation
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THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will investigate all past and incumbent local public officials with alleged links to illegal drugs.

According to Secretary Ismael Sueno, he created Task Force Agila (TFA) – a legal and investigatory group -- to look into cases involving “narco execs.”

The TFA, Sueno added, will also take charge of the reception of evidence, documentation, strategy, case determination and case development against local public officials who have been and will be publicly named by President Duterte as involved in illegal drugs.

“We are 101 percent behind the President in his campaign against criminality and illegal drugs.  This is why we created Task Force Agila to ensure a thorough probe of the so-called narco execs,” he said.

The public officials, he said, are “persons of interest” for their alleged involvement in illegal drugs either as protector, pusher, financer or user.
   
The TFA is authorized to demand and receive data about the persons of interest, coordinate with other government departments, bureaus, agencies and offices, as well as to make recommendations based on its findings.
   
The task force may also request assistance from any uniformed and non-uniformed personnel of the DILG, Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), and other government offices including private individuals to carry out its mandate.
   
The TFA will be headed by Atty. John R. Castriciones of the Office of the Undersecretary for Operations as chairman, and Atty. Jesus V. Hinlo Jr. of the Office of the Undersecretary for Public Safety, as vice-chairman. They are both authorized to issue and sign written directives, documents and request letters to accomplish the purposes and functions of the group.