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Philippines Asks US to Name Filipino 'Narco-Politicos'

Philippine News, Posted: Mar 06, 2010

MANILA Some Philippine government officials are clamoring for the United States to name names in reaction to the U.S. governments concern over possible Philippine presidential candidates involved in drug trafficking, reports Philippine News. Phil. Sen. Francis Escudero said the U.S. State Department should name the alleged candidates receiving drug money from traffickers for their campaign, so that the voters would know and give time for these candidates to explain and deny the accusation. Its also important to know this so that any presidential candidate is not ... held by the neck by drug lords, Escudero told reporters in Manila. Meantime, Makati [Manilas financial district] Mayor Jejomar Binay, the vice presidential candidate of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and president of the United Opposition, urged the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to produce a list of politicians benefiting from the multibillion-peso drug trade. But Binay also warned against a witch-hunt in the media during the election period, and said the list should include only those politicians whose links to drug syndicates were backed by solid evidence. The Philippines presidential elections will be held this May 10.

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