Duterte Named 5 PNP Generals in Narco Trade

As he continued to reiterate his campaign against drugs, criminality and corruption, President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday publicly named 5 police generals who are allegedly involved in drug trade.Three of which are still active in the service while the other two had already retired.

Speaking at the Philippine Air Force's (PAF) celebration of its 69th anniversary at Clark Air Base, Duterte said he ordered the following relieved from their positions:

  • Deputy Director-General Marcelo Garbo Jr., (retired)
  • Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot, (retired)
  • Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz
  • Director Joel Pagdilao
  • Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio

Garbo (PMA Class 1981) and Diaz (PMA Class 1984) were in the news during the elections for supposedly meeting with the camp of presidential candidate Mar Roxas, told ABS-CBN report.

Loot was director of the PNP Training Service and director of Police Regional Office 8 before retiring. He is now the mayor of Daanbatayan, Cebu.

Pagdilao, a member of PMA “Maharlika” class of 1984, served as National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief. He was replaced by Chief Superintendent Oscar D. Albayalde, as ordered by Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa in his first day in office.

Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, a member of PMA “Sandiwa” class of 1985, was the director of Quezon City Police District.

Duterte said that even when he was still Davao City mayor, he had been hearing the names of the police generals as allegedly involved in the drug trade.

Sources: ABS-CBN / Rappler
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