SENATOR Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday disclosed that he knows the names of some local government officials involved in illegal drug operations and that he is willing to provide the information to President Rodrigo Duterte.
“I will submit it to the President if the names I have are not included on his list,” Lacson said. He added that included in his list are five mayors who are suspected as drug lords or protectors.
The senator however refused to identify the mayors but he hinted that all of them are outside Metro Manila and some are incumbents.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) earlier said that at least 23 local chief executives are involved in illegal drugs.
The President had said he will identify these officials after naming five police generals suspected to be involved in the illegal drug trade — Marcelo Garbo Jr., Bernardo Diaz and Vicente Loot, who is now the Mayor of Daanbantayan; Joel Pagdilao and Edgardo Tinio.
Lacson said Tinio visited him early this week to explain his side.
“He told me a lot of stories that I find believable,” he said without elaborating.
Lacson said Tinio cited one incident where he arrested a big time drug lord and the judge who handled the case offered him P5 million for him to cooperate so that the case can be dismissed.
Tinio, Lacson said, rejected the offer and planned an entrapment operation against the judge but it did not materialize. The judge was later dismissed.