President Rodrigo Roa Duterte identified the five police officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs and ordered them relieved of their duties.
During the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF) celebration of its 69th anniversary at Clark Air Base on Tuesday, Duterte named the five (5) following police officials listed below.
- PNP Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr.
- Former NCR Police Office Chief Director Joel Pagdilao
- Western Visayas regional director Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz
- Quezon City Police District director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio
- Retired police general Vicente “Vic” Loot
“I’d like to name publicly General Marcelo Garbo, he was a protector of the drug syndicates in the country; General Vicente Loot who is now the mayor of one of the municipalities of Cebu; General Diaz, the former regional director of Region 11; General Pagdilao, former regional director NCRPO; General Tinio former QCPD director,” Duterte said.
“As [of] this time, I order them relieved from their assignments and report to the director general [Ronald dela Rosa],” Duterte said.
Dutere told the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to investigate them. “I would like to talk them and certainly, I would expect the [National Police Commission to do their thing; imbestigahan ninyo ito at ‘wag ninyo akong bigyan ng zarzuela,” he said.
“I have to tell you the truth and the truth is after so many validations even when I was a mayor of Davao City lumalabas na itong mga pangalan na ito at nakikita mo na ang mga iyon intensive identification of the criminal syndicates and drug distribution marami ng namamatay at marami pang mamamatay at wag kayong sumali diyan maski pulis kayo because you will place yourself in the line of fire,” he said.
“Wag ninyo sirain ang bayan. I’ve been warning everybody. Do not destroy my country because I will kill you,” Duterte added.
At the end of his speech, Duterte said he would continue his campaign against illegal drugs in the country.
“I may not be able to clean it three to six months, but by six months and one day medyo tapos na.”