Interior dept task force checks out ‘narco executives’

MANILA — A Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) official on Thursday bared that a team named Task Force Agila (TFA) is checking out ‘narco executives’ included in the drug matrix of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Our teams are on their toes since the Task Force’s inception. Our movements are below radar and discreet,” TFA chairman and DILG Undersecretary John Castriciones said during a media briefing.

Task Force Agila is a composite group of top officials of the DILG, National Police Commission (Napolcom) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) mandated to investigate local government executives over whom the DILG has supervisory powers.

Castriciones said the members of the Task Force have been meeting regularly to hasten the group’s task of recommending charges against local executives who were and who would be named by the President in his drug matrix.

“The task at hand is not something to be taken lightly. I would like to stress that the DILG, or any of us, has no say as to how anyone’s name got included in the drug list. But knowing the president, there is no reason to doubt the veracity of his information. To those who are being investigated and who will be investigated by the Task Force, we say: Trabaho lang. Wala pong personalan (This is just work, nothing personal),” he said.

President Duterte earlier told members of the media that he would reveal the names of those who are in his latest drug matrix once he returns from his visit to Vietnam. The list includes judges, policemen, soldiers, lawmakers and local executives, among them several hundreds of barangay (village) captains.

“And for the next batch of names, we stand ready and waiting,” Castriciones added.

Earlier, he revealed that at least 50 ‘narco executives’ are being investigated by the task force.