March 21, 2019 at 01:05 am
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino warned narco-politicians could face administrative charges if they attempted to leave the country for abroad.
Aquino was speaking over Dobol B sa News TV, aired and heard nationwide, that these politicians should get a permit from the Department of the Interior and Local Government if they would like to travel abroad.
“It will be suspicious if any named narco-politicians would leave the country at this time; he or she must have authority from the Department of Interior and Local Government,” Aquino said.
Aquino said authorities should check if there were violations committed once the politician left the Philippines such as extending his/her trip as well as going to a country that is different from what he/she had declared.
Aquino’s remarks followed reports that Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental Mayor Crisinciano Mahilac left the country.
There were no other details regarding his departure, neither immediate comment from the local government unit he is from nor from his family.
Mahilac was among the 46 politicians included in the government’s list of personalities allegedly involved in illegal drugs.
President Rodrigo Duterte bared the list last week, despite opposition from some sectors, including human rights advocates.
The DILG has said the 46 personalities Duterte named were already facing complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with their alleged drug activities.