No due process: Sen. Cynthia confronts DILG OIC over friend’s inclusion in narco-list

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  • Senator confronted DILG OIC Catalino Cuy for including mayor-friend in newest narco-list
  • She said Cuy agreed to hear concerned official’s side
  • She also decried lack of due process, said list should have been heavily vetted beforehand

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Cynthia Villar confronted Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy after the latter included her friend in the government’s newest narco-list.

“May kaibigan kasi ako sinama sa listahan [I have a friend who had been included in the list],” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted her as saying.

Without identifying her friend other than he sits as a mayor in Mindanao, Villar said Cuy agreed to meet the official and listen to his side.

“Sabi ko pakita ninyo papers [I said show me the papers] then let’s meet them kasi [because] in fairness to them, they should be able to explain and to understand kasi umiiyak sa akin ‘yung asawa eh [because his wife is crying to me],” she said.

“Alam mo naman kung sino, ‘di ko naman idedefend kung ‘di ko alam na maayos eh [You know him already, I would not defend him if I do not think he’s a clean public official],” Villar added.

The resolution, which was signed by Cuy, stripped one governor and 18 mayors of their supervisory powers over the police because of alleged links to the drug trade.

For her part, the senator decried the lack of due process and said the list should have been released only after heavy vetting because it could be used as a tool for political persecution.

“Eh kung may sumira lang sa ‘yo kawawa ka naman ‘di ba. Nasira na ang pangalan mo dahil may pumulitika sa iyo,” she said.

[What if someone just wanted to destroy your reputation? I feel sorry for you. Your name was destroyed just because of politicking.]